On April 28, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released the report of a study on the defense research capacity at historically Black colleges and universities and other minority institutions.
According to the National Academies, the report explores the methods and means to increase defense research capacity at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) with a focus on areas that are related to U.S. Department of Defense investments, data collection, and analysis, true partnerships, and promising practices.
During the April 28 webinar, members of the committee discussed the key conclusions and recommendations in the report.
The report found that the more than 400 public and private HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and other two- and four-year minority institutions are positioned to make strong contributions to the defense research enterprise, offering the defense department an opportunity to widen its talent pool and diversify science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research and strengthen its ability to support national security.
This report offers recommendations to guide the Department of Defense, Congress, HBCU/MIs, and partnering entities in supporting and strengthening the role of these institutions in defense research.
A strategic commitment will translate into increased opportunities for HBCU/MIs to diversify the future American academic, industrial, and government STEM workforce upon which DoD will depend. Download the PDF here.