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A Large and Persisting Racial Disparity in High School Completions
While many barriers remain restricting access to college for African Americans, a high school diploma remains an essential ticket to higher education. A new report from the Department of Education reveals that blacks continue to graduate from high school at a rate well below that of their white counterparts. (click to read more)

Black Colleges and Universities Are Increasing Their Online Presence
According to an analysis by Roy L. Beasley, an academic systems analyst at Howard University in Washington, D.C., only 19 of the 89 historically black colleges and universities with four-year bachelor's degree programs offer full-time online programs for either bachelor's or master's degrees. In 2006 only 12 HBCUs offered degree programs that could be completed entirely online. (click to read more)

Pastor Who Dropped Out of College Becomes the First Black Elected Official in the 344-Year History of Somerset County, Maryland
The city of Princess Anne is the seat of Somerset County, Maryland. It is home to the historically black University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Today the county's population is 42 percent black. This past November, Craig N. Mathies Sr., pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Cambridge, Maryland, became the first African American to win elective office in the 344-year history of Somerset County. (click to read more)

A White Man Is Elected President of the NAACP Chapter at Historically Black Jackson State University
Michael Teasley was elected president of the NAACP chapter on the campus of Jackson State University, the historically black educational institution in Mississippi. Teasley is in his mid-30s and is a senior at Jackson State majoring in political science. And Teasely is white. (click to read more)

University of Virginia Boosts Business With Minority-Owned Firms
The University of Virginia reports it has achieved significant success in increasing contracting to minority-owned firms. The university's Supplier Diversity Program was announced five years ago. At that time the university had contracts worth about $3 million with firms owned by women and minorities. In 2010, the university spent about $20 million with such firms. (click to read more)

Yale's Financial Aid Budget Has Quadrupled Over the Past Decade
Yale University has sweetened financial aid packages for low- and middle-income students. Under the new program, parents of students from families with incomes below $65,000 will not have to contribute to the cost of a Yale education. Under the new program, Yale's budget for financial aid is expected to grow to $117 million for the 2011-12 academic year. (click to read more)

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African-American Scholars
Each month, the JBHE Weekly Bulletin publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. This month's selections can be accessed on our website. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Marcelite J. Harris • Ivory V. Nelson • Carlton G. Edwards • Marquetta L. Faulkner • Reginald Nnazor • Portia Holmes Shields (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Fort Valley State University • South Carolina State University • Tuskegee University • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • National Action Council for Minority Engineers (click to read more)

Eastern Illinois University Declines to Remove Name of a Proponent of Slavery From a Campus Building
Eastern Illinois University in Charleston has rejected a proposal offered by faculty members to change the name of Douglas Hall. The proposal said that naming a building after Senator Stephen Douglas, who was a fierce defender of slavery and white supremacy, is not appropriate. However, the university committee said that steps should be taken to show that the name of the building is not intended to honor Stephen Douglas but rather to commemorate the 1858 debate in Charleston between Abraham Lincoln and Douglas. (click to read more)

New Degree Program in Intelligence Studies at Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University, the historically black educational institution in North Carolina, is creating a new degree program in intelligence studies in conjunction with officials at Fort Bragg, a large Army base near the campus. (click to read more)

Study Finds Large Racial Gap in Turnover Rates for Public School Teachers
A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania documents that black and other minority teachers in the nation's public school systems are far more likely to leave the profession than white teachers. The study found that the turnover rate for minority teachers is 24 percent higher than for white teachers. (click to read more)

The New President of Des Moines University
Angela Walker Franklin was appointed president of Des Moines University in Iowa. This spring she will become the 15th president of the 112-year-old university, which offers only graduate and professional programs in medicine and other health-related fields. (click to read more)

Historically Black Alabama State University to Offer Two New Degree Programs in Forensic Science
Alabama State University, the historically black educational institution in Montgomery, has received approval to offer two new programs in forensic science. Beginning next fall, the university will offer a bachelor's degree in forensic chemistry and a master's degree program in the forensic sciences. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Gloria Rackley Blackwell, a longtime educator and civil rights leader, died last month from heart failure at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Georgia. She was 83 years old. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
M. Brian Blake • Kristala Jones Prather • William Lawson • John S. Wilson Jr. • Frances Smith Foster (click to read more)

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