APPA announced it has joined a coalition of leading education associations to propose, to the U.S. Congress, a series of federal investments for student aid and campus infrastructure as part of the economic stimulus package.

The proposal calls for the Creation of Higher Education Infrastructure Block Grants (HEIBG) to support campus projects that provide jobs now and strengthen the academic capacity of colleges and universities. The grants would be available for “shovel ready” projects capable of starting within 180 days.  HEIBG funds would be distributed by state governors and would support “ready-to-go” construction projects to repair, renovate or construct academic facilities. The funds would be distributed to each state using a formula based equally on full-time higher education enrollment in the state and the state’s population. Institutions would be required to begin work on funded projects within 90 days of receipt of funds.

The proposal calls for state governors to give priority to (a) sustainability projects, energy efficient buildings or other “green building” initiatives, and (b) projects reflecting state or regional economic priorities. 

The coalition totals 30 higher education associations, including APPA and the following:

ACPA - College Student Educators International
ACT, Inc.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Association of University Professors
American Council on Education
American Dental Education Association
American Indian Higher Education Consortium
Association of American Universities
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Council of Graduate Schools
Council of Independent Colleges
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
National Association for College Admission Counseling
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
NASULGC, A Public University Association
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Women's College Coalition