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PUBLIC LAW 107-305—NOV. 27, 2002 116 STAT. 2371 of computer and network security courseware and laboratory exercises for sharing with other institutions of higher education, including community colleges; (I) establishing or enhancing bridge programs in computer and network security between community colleges and universities; and (J) any other activities the Director determines will accomplish the goals of this subsection. (4) SELECTION PROCESS.— (A) APPLICATION. —An institution of higher education (or a consortium thereof) seeking funding under this subsection shall submit an application to the Director at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Director may require. The application shall include, at a minimum— (i) a description of the applicant's computer and network security research and instructional capacity, and in the case of an application from a consortium of institutions of higher education, a description of the role that each member will play in implementing the proposal; (ii) a comprehensive plan by which the institution or consortium will build instructional capacity in computer and information security; (iii) a description of relevant collaborations with government agencies or private industry that inform the instructional program in computer and network security; (iv) a survey of the applicant's historic student enrollment and placement data in fields related to computer and network security and a study of potential enrollment and placement for students enrolled in the proposed computer and network security program; and (v) a plan to evaluate the success of the proposed computer and network security program, including post-graduation assessment of graduate school and job placement and retention rates as well as the relevance of the instructional program to graduate study and to the workplace. (B) AWARDS.— (i) The Director shall ensure, to the extent practicable, that grants are awarded under this subsection in a wide range of geographic areas and categories of institutions of higher education, including minority serving institutions. (ii) The Director shall award grants under this subsection for a period not to exceed 5 years. (5) ASSESSMENT REQUIRED.— The Director shall evaluate Deadline, the program established under this subsection no later than 6 years after the establishment of the program. At a minimum, the Director shall evaluate the extent to which the program achieved its objectives of increasing the quality and quantity of students, including students from groups historically underrepresented in computer and network security related disciplines, pursuing undergraduate or master's degrees in computer and network security.