The National Institute of Education Should Further Increase Minority and Female Participation in Its Activities

Gao ID: HRD-81-3 November 10, 1980

The National Institute of Education (NIE) has undertaken a number of projects to increase the participation of minorities and women in its activities. These projects include the unsolicited proposal program, the small and disadvantaged business utilization program, the minorities' and women's program, and the black college initiatives program. These efforts are designed to increase awareness in NIE programs and to provide greater opportunities for minorities and women to participate.

The NIE equal employment opportunity (EEO) profile has improved since 1973. Its minority and female workforce is generally representative, or in some cases overrepresentative, of the general U.S. population. The unsolicited proposal program has not significantly increased the number of NIE-funded, minority- and women-managed projects. NIE has initiated steps to increase minority and female participation in its programs. Although some of these efforts have started to show improvements, the effectiveness of these measures depends largely on how much attention and funding are devoted to them.


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