A Sampling of the Historically Black College Perspective on the Department of Defense Five Percent Goal
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This study sampled the historically black college and university HBCU perspective on the Department of Defense Five Percent Goal. Each college was asked to comment on what black colleges need to become more competitive in the DOD contract award arena. The colleges were also asked to suggest ways that DOD could help in this regard. Their comments and suggestions comprise the second section of chapter V. The prevailing theme was a need to invest in research and development RD capability at the HBCUs. The Wilcox Rank-Sum Test was conducted to determine the immediate impact of the five percent goal on RD obligations to HBCUs. The results indicated no significant difference between the HBCU percentage of DOD higher education institution RD obligations from the 1984 - 1986 sample and the 1987 -1988 sample The five percent goal took effect in 1987. There was also no significant difference between samples in dollar amount awarded to the HCBUs. Keywords Department of defense, contracts, affirmative action, thesis, minorities, black colleges, set asides negro, research and development grants.
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