HBCUs, TCUs, HSIs and MSIs

Internet2 is working with the Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) to explore solutions to reduce the gap between minority serving institutions and the global research and education ecosystem.

NSF Grant Bolsters Partnership

A nearly $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation will enable the MS-CC and Internet2 to provide researchers, professional staff, and students from historically Black colleges and universities and tribal colleges and universities with programs and services that address their cyberinfrastructure needs.

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Consortium, Survey Identify Research Priorities

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In late 2020, a leadership consortium from Minority Serving Institutions (historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs)), working with Internet2, conducted a stakeholder alignment survey to better understand the needs of HBCUs, TCUs and HSIs.

A key objective of this effort is to help minority serving institutions identify the science, engineering, health, social science, and humanities education and research priorities that call for increased access to and use of data management and computing resources by the higher education community. The survey was conducted by WayMark Analytics, a social impact company that conducts mission-driven stakeholder mapping surveys. A total of 291 responses were received and a summary of findings was completed in January 2020.  TCUs are also conducting a similar survey through an effort led in collaboration with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). Data from the TCU survey will be combined with the MS-CC survey to present an integrated picture of data and computing matters across U.S. minority-serving institutions. Key findings of needs identified include:


The consortium will be holding webinars for the next several months to share the findings with the respondents and with other interested parties.

Past Sessions:

The MS-CC/Internet2 webinar on Thursday, March 18 called “Connecting the Dots: Using Campus IT Infrastructure Survey Data to Support Your Institutions’ Research Goals” offered the opportunity to learn more about how this data and feedback on-campus IT infrastructure needs can help you in supporting your institution’s research mission. View the recording and download the slides.

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The first of these joint sessions was held on Wednesday, February 3. View the recording and download the presentation.
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Cover slide to the MInority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium Feb. 3 presentation.

Pilot Program Provides Opportunity for Wireless Access and Broadband Service

The Minority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) believes the NTIA’s CONNECTING MINORITY COMMUNITIES PILOT PROGRAM provides a unique opportunity to significantly invest in the key areas emphasized (as key needs/must-haves) in the survey.  The MS-CC would encourage the NTIA to consider allowing both consortia and individual institutional applicants and also encourage multiple rounds of funding, perhaps starting with staffing, training, and consortia-building efforts and scaling towards substantial infrastructure improvements in future funding rounds.

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About Minority Serving Institutions

Today, there are 700 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) that enroll nearly 30 percent of all undergraduates in the U.S. higher education system. Those include HBCUs, TCUs, HSIs, ANNHIs, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander – Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), and Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program (NASNTIs). Internet2 is currently working with the Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium on a collaborative effort to explore solutions to reduce the gap between current HBCUs, TCUs, and HSIs campus networks and the global research and education ecosystem.

The MS-CC is a transformational partnership to promote advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities on HBCU, HSI, TCU, and MSI campuses, with data; research computing; teaching; curriculum development and implementation; collaboration; and capacity-building connections among institutions. MS-CC will learn and grow as a consortium. We are dedicated to lifting all participating institutions by advancing cyberinfrastructure for research and education across diverse fields, disciplines, and communities. We will engage as full contributors to the global research and education community. MS-CC is working in partnership with Internet2, the national research and education network of the United States.

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