I’m pleased to announce that HR 3077, which brings much needed reform to academic area studies programs (including Middle East Studies) funded under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, was passed overwhelmingly yesterday in a bipartisan voice vote in the House. Special thanks are due to the bill’s author, Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Education. Hoekstra managed this bill with great skill. I also want to express my gratitude to readers of National Review Online, whose support has been instrumental in bringing reform this far. For more on the significance of this bill, see my recent piece, “Reforming the Campus.” I’ll have much more to say when the battle moves to the Senate, which promises to be a tougher venue. But if you want to write your Senators asking them to support the House bill reforming Title VI–and prevent it from being watered down by the education lobby–that would help a lot. You can write by clicking here.