[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 68679-68680]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27739]

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture

7 CFR Part 3434

RIN 0524-AA39

Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU)

AGENCIES: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This rule updates our regulations to show a list of 
institutions that are granted HSACU certification by the Secretary and 
are eligible for HSACU programs for the period starting October 1, 2012 
and ending September 30, 2013.

DATES: This rule is effective November 16, 2012 and applicable October 
1, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Lockhart; Senior Policy 
Specialist; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department 
of Agriculture; STOP 2299; 1400 Independence Avenue SW.; Washington, DC 
20250-2299; Voice: 202-559-5088; Fax: 202-401-7752; Email: 


HSACU Institutions for Fiscal Year 2013

    This rule makes changes to the existing list of institutions in 
Appendix B of 7 CFR part 3434. The list of institutions is amended to 
reflect the institutions that are granted HSACU certification by the 
Secretary and are eligible for HSACU programs for the period starting 
October 1, 2012, and ending September 30, 2013.

Certification Process

    As stated in 7 CFR part 3434, an institution must meet the 
following criteria to receive HSACU certification: (1) Be a Hispanic-
Serving Institution (HSI), (2) offer agriculture-related degrees, and 
(3) award at least 15% of agriculture-related degrees to Hispanic 
students over the two most recent academic years.
    NIFA obtained the latest report from the U.S. Department of 
Education's National Center for Education Statistics that lists all 
HSIs and the degrees conferred by these institutions (completions data) 
during the 2010-11 academic year. NIFA used this report to identify 
HSIs that conferred a degree in an instructional program that appears 
in Appendix A of 7 CFR part 3434 and to confirm that over the 2009-10 
and 2010-11 academic years at least 15% of the degrees in agriculture-
related fields were awarded to Hispanic students.
    The updated list of HSACUs is based on (1) completions data from 
2009-10 and 2010-11, and (2) enrollment data from Fall 2011. NIFA 
identified 80 institutions that will meet the eligibility criteria and 
receive HSACU certification for FY 2013 (October 1, 2012 to September 
30, 2013).

Appeal Process

    NIFA will permit HSIs that are not granted HSACU certification to 
submit an appeal within 30 days of the publication of this notice. The 
appellant must submit a request for review to the NIFA official 
specified in this notice with details on the nature of the disagreement 
and include supporting documents.


    This rule relates to internal agency management. Accordingly, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, notice of proposed rulemaking and opportunity 
for comment are not required, and this rule may be made effective less 
than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. This rule also 
is exempt from the provisions of Executive Order 12866. This action is 
not a rule as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended by 
the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, 5 
U.S.C. 601 et seq., or the Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et 
seq., and thus is exempt from the provisions of those Acts. This rule 
contains no information collection or recordkeeping requirements under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 3434

    Administrative practice and procedure; Agricultural research, 
education, extension; Hispanic-Serving Institutions; Federal 

    Title 7, part 3434 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended 
accordingly as set forth below:


1. The authority citation for Part 3434 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 3103.

2. Revise Appendix B to part 3434 to read as follows:

Appendix B to Part 3434--List of HSACU institutions, 2012-2013.

    The institutions listed in this appendix are granted HSACU 
certification by the Secretary and are eligible for HSACU programs 
for the period starting October 1, 2012, and ending September 30, 
2013. Institutions are listed alphabetically under the state of the 
school's location, with the campus indicated where applicable.

Arizona (3)

Central Arizona College
Phoenix College
Pima Community College

California (26)

Allan Hancock College
Bakersfield College
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
California State University-Bakersfield
California State University-Fresno
California State University-Fullerton
California State University-Long Beach
California State University-Monterey Bay
California State University-San Bernardino
College of the Sequoias
Fullerton College
Golden West College
Hartnell College
Imperial Valley College
MiraCosta College
Modesto Junior College
Monterey Peninsula College
Mt. San Antonio College
Porterville College
Reedley College
San Diego Mesa College
San Joaquin Delta College
Santa Ana College
Southwestern College
West Hills College Coalinga
Whittier College

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Colorado (1)

Trinidad State Junior College

Florida (4)

Florida International University
Miami Dade College
Nova Southeastern University
Saint Thomas University

Illinois (2)

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
Triton College

New Mexico (8)

Central New Mexico Community College
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Northern New Mexico College
Santa Fe Community College
University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Western New Mexico University

New York (4)

CUNY Bronx Community College
CUNY City College
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
Mercy College

Puerto Rico (15)

Bayamon Central University
Institute Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Manati
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce
Universidad Del Turabo
Universidad Metropolitana
University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus
University of Puerto Rico-Utuado

Texas (16)

Houston Community College
Lee College
Midland College
Palo Alto College
South Plains College
Southwest Texas Junior College
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Texas State Technical College-Harlingen
University of Texas at Brownsville
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas--Pan American
University of Houston
University of the Incarnate Word

Washington (1)

Wenatchee Valley College

    Done in Washington, DC, this 26th day of October, 2012.
Sonny Ramaswamy,
Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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