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Blacks Are Making Significant Strides in Graduate School Enrollments
A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools shows that African Americans have made considerable progress in graduate school enrollments. The council's figures show that, over the past decade, black first-time enrollments in graduate school have increased at a 9.7 percent annual rate. This is nearly triple the rate of increase for white first-time graduate students. (click to read more)

Indiana University Study Finds Huge Racial Disparity in Middle School Suspensions
A new study by researchers at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University in Bloomington finds a huge racial disparity in suspensions for middle school students. In data collected from 9,000 middle schools nationwide, the researchers found that 28.3 percent of black males were suspended at one time during the school year. This is nearly three times the rate for white males in middle school. (click to read more)

New Cable TV Network to Showcase Black College Sports
Atlanta-based C3 Media has announced plans to start the HBCU Network on cable television. The new network is negotiating with ESPN and other cable outlets for programming alliances to showcase athletic events involving black colleges and universities. (click to read more)

Blacks Making Solid Enrollment Gains at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville announced that this fall it has its largest enrollment in history. There are 14,107 students on campus this fall. Black enrollments increased by 7 percent from a year ago. (click to read more)

The Racial Scoring Gap on the SAT Writing Test
This is the fifth year of the new SAT writing test. Many of the nation's highest-ranked colleges and universities do not give much weight to the results of this test because they are skeptical of its predictive power to determine who will do well in college. Nevertheless, The College Board reports that blacks score lower on the SAT writing test than they do on the mathematics and critical reading sections. (click to read more)

Brown University Scholar Wins Prestigious Gish Prize
Chinua Achebe, the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of African studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was awarded the 2010 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The award is given annually to a person who has made an "outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life." (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Jerome D. Williams • Dwight A. McBride • Kevin Anderson • William T. Lewis Sr. • Shannon Gary • Alvin L. Atkinson • Michael Leo Owens • Julius Scipio • Fuabeh Fonge (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Edward Waters College • U.S. Department of Agriculture • Fisk University • Tennessee State University • The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education • Johnson C. Smith University (click to read more)
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JBHE now features an interactive poll at Please visit the site and take part in our weekly poll on an important issue of concern to African Americans in higher education. (click to cast your vote)

Blacks Make Up a Tiny Percentage of the U.S. Families With the Highest Incomes: This Limits the Higher Education Opportunities of African Americans
Families at the top of the income pyramid in the United States have far more options in securing higher education for their children. When money is not an obstacle, students from high-income families have a wide range of options. New census statistics show that families in the highest category are disproportionately white. (click to read more)

Colgate Reports Significant Increase in Black First-Year Students
Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, is reporting a large 51 percent increase in black first-year students this fall. This year there are 62 black freshmen at Colgate, comprising 7.3 percent of the incoming class. In the fall of 2009 there were 41 black freshmen at Colgate. One reason for the increase was a significantly higher black student yield, due in large part to a higher number of qualified black students who applied to Colgate's early decision admissions plan. (click to read more)

Radford University to Rename a Building That Honors a White Supremacist

Radford University in Virginia has decided to rename Powell Hall, a building on campus that houses the music and art departments. The building, which opened in 1967, was named after John Powell, a pianist and composer, who had died in 1963. But Powell was also a white supremacist. He was the founder of the White Top Folk Festival that was created to honor the music of the white race. (click to read more)

The New President of Historically Black Shaw University
Irma McClaurin was appointed the 15th president of Shaw University, the historically black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was an associate vice president at the University of Minnesota. (click to read more)

Colonel Reb Finally Put to Rest
It has been seven years since Colonel Reb, the mascot of the University of Mississippi, patrolled the sidelines at football games. But it was not until this year that the university banned the sale of licensed merchandise that included the image of Colonel Reb. (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)

In Memoriam
Frank J. Toland Sr., a longtime professor of African-American and southern history at Tuskegee University in Alabama, has died at the age of 90. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Chester Pittman • Anne Wimbush Watts • Ivory V. Nelson (click to read more)

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