Black Colleges Step Up Pursuit of Sponsored Research
(Diverse: Issues in Higher Education) — When Claflin University President Henry Tisdale challenged his faculty to pursue an aggressive research agenda, he knew the university needed to be dogged in going after lucrative federal research and development contracts to support that research. “From the beginning, our game plan was to set the bar very high for our faculty and students in terms of research,” says Tisdale, referring to the resources he put into the school’s Office of Sponsored Programs. “I don’t believe in putting in that kind of mandate without a support mechanism.” ‘The office works with faculty to develop proposals and secure funding for research projects. In six years, the small, private school in Orangeburg, S.C., has increased its share of federal research funding from $3 million to $20 million, according to Claflin officials.