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Fields in Which Not One African American Earned a Doctorate in 2009
In 2009, 49,562 doctorates were awarded by American universities. As previously reported by JBHE, there were 2,221 black U.S. citizens or permanent residents in this country who earned a doctorate in 2009. This is an all-time high. But not all the news is good. (click to read more)

Building in Baltimore Where a Historic Civil Rights Protest by Black College Students Was Staged Is Now Scheduled to Be Razed
In the winter of 1960 students from North Carolina A&T State University staged a sit-in protest at the lunch counter at the F.W. Woolworth store in downtown Greensboro that refused to serve black patrons. The protest ignited the lunch counter sit-in movement that spread throughout the South. Five years before the Greensboro protest, students at what is now Morgan State University in Baltimore staged a sit-in at the lunch counter at Read's drugstore in Baltimore. The protest led to Read's desegregating its lunch counters. Now that location is scheduled for demolition. (click to read more)

University Research Explores Racial Differences in Corporal Punishment
New research from scholars at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Tulane University, and the University of Chicago finds stress and alcohol and drug abuse are major contributing factors in whether fathers spank their children. The study found that African-American fathers were more likely than their white counterparts to engage in moderate use of corporal punishment but there were no racial differences in the rates of fathers who frequently spank their children. (click to read more)

Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in President of Historically Black South Carolina State University
By a vote of 19-3 the faculty senate at historically black South Carolina State University has passed a resolution of no confidence in George Cooper, the university's president. The resolution claims that President Cooper has not consulted the faculty, has not provided strong financial oversight, and has not stated a compelling vision for the educational institution. (click to read more)

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Race-Sensitive Admissions at the University of Texas
In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the University of Texas is justified in using race as a factor in its admissions decisions. The plaintiffs in the case argued that the university's "10 percent plan," which automatically admits students at any high school in the state who finish in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, is a viable race-neutral means of achieving diversity on campus. (click to read more)

Black College Offers New Online Degree in Early Childhood Studies
St. Philip's College, the historically black educational institution in San Antonio, has launched a new online associate's degree program in early childhood studies. The college has been offering a traditional on-campus degree program in the field since 2001 and more than 400 students have earned a degree. (click to read more)

Race Relations on Campus Database
Periodically, JBHE Weekly Bulletin will publish a selection of racial incidents that have occurred on the campuses of colleges and universities. Click through to our website for the latest incidents. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Kevin J. McLin Sr. • Deborah Waters • Cheryl M. Thomas • Gregory Robinson • Deborah Stanley • Deborah L. Voltz • Thierno Thiam (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Wayne State University • Delaware State University • Swarthmore College • Tennessee State University (click to read more)

Third Time's a Charm? African-American Law Professor Once Again Nominated to Federal Bench
For the third time since taking office in 2009, President Obama has nominated Louis B. Butler for a seat on the federal district court in western Wisconsin. Twice, the U.S. Senate has failed to act on Butler's nomination. Some senators believe that a justice who was rejected by Wisconsin voters should not be placed on the bench in Wisconsin. Other senators have criticized Butler's rulings as having an anti-business bias. (click to read more)

James Ammons Prepares to Wield the Budget Axe at Florida A&M University
James Ammons, the president of historically black Florida A&M University, is facing deep cuts in appropriations from the state government. This will be the fourth year in a row that appropriations from the state will be reduced. And this year there will be no money from the federal stimulus programs to offset the losses of state funds. As a result, Dr. Ammons has stated that there will be significant changes in the university budget he will submit to the university's board of trustees in March. (click to read more)

Two Academic and Football Powerhouses Appoint Black Head Coaches
Only a handful of the nation's highest academically ranked research universities have major college football programs. Two of these major college football programs at academically prestigious universities have recently hired African-American head coaches. At Stanford, whose football team was ranked fourth in the nation this past season, David Shaw was named Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football. Also, James Franklin was named head coach at Vanderbilt University. He is the first African American to lead the Vanderbilt program. (click to read more)

Southern University Abandons Plan to Tighten Admissions Standards
In 2010 Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced plans to toughen its academic standards for admission. Applicants were to have been required to maintain a 2.5 grade point average in high school, an increase from the current 2.0 standard. The new standards were initially postponed until this year. But now university system president Ronald Mason Jr. has shelved the plan for the foreseeable future. (click to read more)

History Professor at College of William and Mary Discovers Factual Errors Concerning African Americans in Textbooks Used in Virginia High Schools
Carol Sheriff, an assistant professor of history at the College of William and Mary, was the first scholar to point out serious flaws in two textbooks approved for use in Virginia high schools. One book stated that there were two black battalions that fought for the Confederate Army. After the initial discovery, scholars have pointed out many other factual flaws in the textbooks, many of which have to do with African Americans. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Mariagnes Elizabeth Lattimer, former assistant dean of the graduate school at Rutgers University, died earlier this month at a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey. She was 86 years old. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Henrietta Mays Smith • Mary Frances Early • Victor LaValle (click to read more)

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