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ERIC Number: EJ794726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-5
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Making Strides
Roach, Ronald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v25 n2 p21-23 Mar 2008
Since 1980, Dr. Linda Hayden has been able to bring innovation to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) by seeking out and partnering with entities like the U.S. Navy and NASA. For years, these partnerships allowed faculty, students, and administrators in the computer science department and other departments to gain early exposure to cutting-edge hardware and software tools. With NASA funding, ECSU also served as the lead in assisting several historically Black campus and universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina and Virginia in establishing campus networks during the 1990s. As a result, the accumulated experience among ECSU faculty members and staff, as well as the integration of cutting-edge tools into the campus IT infrastructure, paved the way for the establishment of the Center for Remote Sensing for Education and Research (CERSER), an interdisciplinary research center. Since 2003, CERSER has attracted nearly $10 million in grant support, much of which has gone into establishing high-performance computing resources and advanced information technology laboratories. One outgrowth of CERSER has been its participation in a multi-university research team that conducts remote sensing of ice sheets close to the North and South Poles. In the 1990s, it was common to read and hear about HBCUs described as Digital Divide have-nots in a society that was experiencing rapid leaps in computing and the use of the Internet. HBCUs, which have had a long history of struggling to gain adequate funding, did see wealthier, majority White institutions moving quickly ahead in the push for sophisticated campus networks, Web-based distance education programs, and use of the Internet as a research and education tool. A decade later, it is not as common to hear the Digital Divide term applied to HBCUs because of IT struggles. A number of schools are enjoying rich, robust IT infrastructures and can support cutting-edge research and teaching, in part from having advanced IT tools. This article describes how, for small to mid-size historically Black institutions like ECSU, it has become clear that long-range planning, the cultivation of strategic partners, and careful IT investment have proved to be winning strategies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1980