Federal Education Advocacy Coordinators (FEDAC)

October 2012

Purpose

Inaugurated in December 2001, the FEDAC is a campus-based nationwide education advocacy grassroots network established to assist the APA Education Directorate and Education Government Relations staff with its efforts to gain federal support for psychology education and training. When fully completed, the FEDAC network will include individuals representing the full spectrum of psychology education (i.e., graduate, postgraduate, undergraduate and precollege). The FEDAC network does not compete with other psychology grassroots networks (i.e., PPAN, APAGS, Practice, etc.), but works collaboratively with them whenever possible and appropriate.

Background

A fully successful federal advocacy program requires an organized, comprehensive grassroots network. Support from psychology education constituents across the nation is critical to advancing psychology education and training and the application of psychology to education. Approximately one-third of APA members are employed in educational settings and nearly one-half of the members engage in educational activities. Also within APA are approximately 64,000 student members and 2,300 high school teacher affiliates. These psychologists, students and faculty from hundreds of universities, colleges, professional schools and secondary schools have the potential to unite and become a powerful voice on Capitol Hill.

Benefits of FEDAC

Grassroots support from the FEDAC network is vital to the success of education advocacy authorizing and appropriations legislative initiatives. More specifically, the FEDAC network enables grassroots support from the psychology education and training community to garner increased federal funding through such important legislation and programs as the:

  • Bureau of Health Professions’ Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program. Financial support for psychology graduate programs and internships, including interns, faculty and curriculum development.

  • Higher Education Act (HEA). Federal assistance for graduate study.

  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Financial incentives for psychologists and other eligible health professionals to work in designated underserved areas, through its loan repayment and scholarship programs.