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Preliminary Assessment of Options for Increasing Participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Federal Railroad Administration Research and Development Program

  • 01
  • Jan
  • 1997
AUTHOR: Center for Transportation Training
OFFICE: RPD
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: HBCUs, Diversity, Institutional Outreach
ABSTRACT: [From the Background Section] The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in meeting its mission and complying with the provisions of Executive Order 12928 supported this study to review options for expanding the participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the FRA research and development program. This report addresses several areas pertaining to the involvement of HBCUs in FRAs research and development efforts. It examines the FRA research program to identify opportunities for involvement by universities, it examines the barriers (if any) that would prohibit such participation and it provides a description of elements necessary for an institution to undertake projects under the FRA research and development program and the implications for HBCUs. Secondly, alternatives for HBCU participation in FRA research and development activities are provided. These alternatives focus on increasing the participation from several viewpoints, the institutional perspective, faculty perspective and student perspective. Finally, this- report evaluates each alternative to assess the initial costs, operating costs, extent of outreach, future sustainability and other factors as appropriate. This evaluation, to the extent possible for this study, is both quantitative and qualitative.

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