The first thing that made this book possible was an American Educational Research Association/ Spencer Foundation Fellowship. The financial and intellectual freedom granted by this award made it possible to pursue the myriad questions that emerged in this unusually broad investigation into the legal history of collegiate desegregation.
The support for the project was buttressed by additional fellowship monies awarded by Joan Schumacher (Office of Fellowships and Awards) during my tenure at the Pennsylvania State University. Catherine Lyons through the Center for Minority Opportunities and Faculty Development funded most of my travel to research libraries and meetings during the preparation of the manuscript. Additionally, the Black Caucus of the American Association on Higher Education provided funding for the analysis phase of the project.
Numerous individuals have shaped and continue to shape my perception of higher education research, including the faculties at the University of Kentucky and the Pennsylvania State University. Special thanks to Roy Simms and Terrence Cummings, who taught me most of what I "know" about higher education, and to the South Carolina State University family for teaching me the role of the public black college in higher education
I would especially like to thank six persons who were instrumental in the development of the research that has produced this book: Robert Hendrickson, who guided me through the research project;