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Minorities Plan Snubs Industry Input

Before parting with money to fund the NSF program, corporate backers demand to play a greater role in charting its development WASHINGTON--The National Science Foundation wants industry to invest more than $100 million in a new minority education program that would produce 50,000 baccalaureates and 2,000 Ph.D.'s a year in science and engineering by the year 2000. What the NSF doesn't want, say officials organizing the program, is a lot of advice from the businesses on how to set it up. That an

Diana Morgan


Before parting with money to fund the NSF program, corporate backers demand to play a greater role in charting its development
WASHINGTON--The National Science Foundation wants industry to invest more than $100 million in a new minority education program that would produce 50,000 baccalaureates and 2,000 Ph.D.'s a year in science and engineering by the year 2000. What the NSF doesn't want, say officials organizing the program, is a lot of advice from the businesses on how to set it up. That angers some of the company representatives who attended an NSF meeting in August to learn more about the program.

The meeting, NSF's National Leadership Forum, to which 100 representatives of high-tech industries, academia, professional societies and other federal agencies had been invited, was called to showcase the agency's new Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) program. NSF outlined its plans to spend $10 million next year in a university-based...

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