|The Unfulfilled Promise of the Ayers Ruling
In 1975 Jake Ayers, the father of a black student, filed a lawsuit against the state system of higher education in Mississippi. He claimed that the system's three historically black universities were not adequately funded compared to the state's predominantly white universities. The case was litigated for nearly 30 years until the parties agreed upon a settlement in 2002. The settlement funds for academic purposes have produced about 30 new programs at the state's three historically black universities. But the payments, which are $20 million this year, are scheduled to be reduced to $13.4 million in July 2012. (click to read more)
High-Ranking Universities Showing the Largest Gains in Black Freshmen in 2010
According to the 18th annual JBHE survey of black freshman students at the nation's 30 highest-ranked universities, the vast majority of institutions posted gains in black first-year students compared to a year ago. The largest gain was at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. There are 92 black freshmen at Tufts this fall, an increase of nearly 59 percent. (click to read more)
The New President of Florida Memorial University
The board of trustees of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens has announced that Henry Lewis III will become the institution's new president. Dr. Lewis is currently a professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. A graduate of Florida A&M, Lewis earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from Mercer University in Atlanta. (click to read more)
Blacks Still Vastly Underrepresented in Faculty Ranks at U.S. Colleges
A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that blacks are not making significant progress in gaining faculty positions at U.S. colleges and universities. The report found that in 2009 there were 13,750 black faculty with tenure at degree-granting educational institutions in the United States. They made up just 4.6 percent of the nearly 300,000 tenured faculty members in this country. (click to read more)
The New Congress Will Have Two Black Republicans and No Black Senators
When the new Congress convenes in January there will be two black Republicans in the House of Representatives. Allen West defeated Democratic incumbent Ron Klein in Florida's 22nd Congressional District, which runs along the Florida coast between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. Tim Scott easily won election in South Carolina's First Congressional District. Scott, an insurance agent, has been serving in the South Carolina House of Representatives. (click to read more)
• Earlier this month a memorial service was held on the campus of Virginia Tech to honor Charles L. Yates, the university's first black graduate. Yates died this past summer after a battle with leukemia at the age of 74.
• Marion Brown, the renowned jazz saxophonist and former professor of music at several colleges, has died at a hospice facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 79 years old.
• Earl Wilson Jr., founder of the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation which raised millions of dollars to help send African Americans to college, has died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 78.
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Honors and Awards
Shirley E. Thompson • Freddie L. Richards • Denis Mukwege • Margaret Carter (click to read more)
African-American Scholar at the University of Chicago Finds Black Youth Are More Socially Conservative Than Young Whites
A new study conducted by Cathy Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, presents evidence that black youth do not fit the stereotypical prototype often featured in the nation's media. Professor Cohen's research shows that black youth are more socially conservative than youth as a whole on issues such as same-sex marriage, premarital sex, and abortion. (click to read more)
Historically Black Delaware State University Adds Three Degree Programs
Delaware State University, the historically black educational institution in Dover, has announced the establishment of three new degree programs. The university has launched a bachelor's degree program in forensic chemistry to go with the university's bachelor's degree program in forensic biology. (click to read more)
PhD Project Mounts New Effort to Increase Racial Diversity in Administrative Posts at U.S. Business Schools
Last month JBHE reported that since 1994 the Ph.D. Project had been instrumental in more than tripling the number of minority professors at the nation's business schools. Now the PhD Project is mounting a new effort to increase racial diversity in the ranks of department chairs and administrators at U.S. business schools. (click to read more)
Record Enrollments at Historically Black Morgan State University
Morgan State University, the historically black educational institution in Baltimore, announced that there are a record 7,888 students on campus this fall. Undergraduate enrollments are up 7.5 percent this year and graduate enrollments have increased by 19 percent. (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
Grants and Gifts
Winston-Salem State University • Hampton University • University of Virginia • Alabama A&M University • Grambling State University • Florida A&M University • Bowie State University (click to read more)
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