William Booth


“Closing the digital divide is a national challenge among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs),” writes White examining the state of information technology readiness of five four-year HBCUs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The inequalities created by the digital divide have the potential of undermining the effort of HBCUs in educating an “African American workforce capable of fully participating in a global information economy”.
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), a nonprofit Black college association representing the interests of HBCUs in its HBCU Technology Assessment Study (TAS) produced the most comprehensive report of its kind in assessing the computing resources, networking, and connectivity of the Historic Black Colleges and University serves as the primary source for this narrative.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs),Digital Divide,Networking,Connectivity

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White, D. S. “An Examination of the State of Information Technology Readiness at the Five Four-Year Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” 13. Diss. George Washington University, 2004.

Department of Commerce & NAFEO. Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Assessment of Networking and Connectivity. Washington, D. C., October, 2000.

United States. Cong. House Science Committee—Subcommittee on Research. Hearing on H. R. 2183, the Minority Serving Institutions Digital and Wireless Technology Opportunity Act, July 9, 2003.

Green, K .C. College Struggles with IT Planning, The Campus Computing Project, 1998.

King, J. Money Matters: The Impact of Race/Ethnicity and Gender on How Students Pay for College. Washington D. C.: American Council on Education, 1999 (updated 2003).

Falling Through the Net: A Report on the Telecommunications and Information Technology Gap in American. Washington D.C.: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, July 1999.


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