The federal government yesterday accepted a desgregation plan for public colleges and universities in Georgia.
The acceptance of the plan by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare avoids a possible loss of more than $50 million in annual federal higher education aid to the state.
HEW Secretary Joseph A. Califano Jr. said, "The Georgia agreement demonstrates again that difficult civil rights controversies can be resolved through negotiations when federal and state officials are determined to seek a just and common sense result." [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]Califano said the state has agreed to increase by 16 percent the number of black high school graduates who enter the entire state supported college system and increase by 8 percent the number of black high school graduates who enter the 13 predominantly white four-year colleges and universities. These goals are to be met at 1982.
The Georgia plan also calls for the hiring of more black faculty and staff throughout the college system, increasing black enrollment in the graduate fields of law and medicine and strengthening the programs at the three predominantly black colleges in the state.
Califano said his department is still awaiting college desegregation plans from Virginia and North Carolina. The two states have until March 20 to submit an acceptable plan to HEW or risk the loss of millions in federal aid to higher education.
A spokesman for Virginia Gov. John N. Dalton said the governor has received a draft of the college desegregation plan from state officials.However, he said he didn't know when a plan would be submitted to HEW.