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Among the Leading Liberal Arts Colleges, Amherst Has the Highest Percentage of Black Freshmen
For 17 years JBHE has collected black student admissions data on the highest-ranked liberal arts colleges. Over this long period there have been seven years when Amherst College in western Massachusetts reported the highest percentage of black freshmen. On five occasions Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, had enrolled the highest percentage of black first-year students. This year Amherst leads the rankings for the fourth consecutive year. (click to read more)

Study Finds That Financial Analysts Discount the Educational Backgrounds of Black Executives Who Graduated from Prestigious Universities
A new study appearing in Organization Science, the journal of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, finds that financial analysts who rate management teams at large companies discount the educational backgrounds of black executives who graduated from prestigious colleges and universities. At the same time, white managers with prestigious educational backgrounds are singled out. (click to read more)

African-American Psychologist at Texas A&M University Examines Racial Differences in Aggressive Behavior Among Youth
Jamilia Blake, an assistant professor of educational psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station, is conducting research on how parents' attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs mold their children's conduct and relationships with their peers. Dr. Blake is particularly concerned with possible racial and ethnic differences in aggressive behavior among children. (click to read more)

Yale Pledges $20 Million to Help Educate New Haven Students at Other Universities
Yale University has announced a scholarship program for students in the predominantly black New Haven public school system. The full-tuition scholarships are not for these students to enroll at Yale, but rather they are for New Haven high school graduates who plan to attend a public college or university in Connecticut. (click to read more)

The Persisting Racial Divide in Broadband Internet Access in the Home: Implications for Access to Higher Education
The Internet is the information superhighway for those seeking employment, social connections, and higher education. Online distance education has become an important aspect of American higher education. And for college-bound students, the Internet provides a wealth of information to help them make the correct decisions on where they should apply. But new data from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows a persistent racial divide in broadband Internet access in the home. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Annette Gordon-Reed • Phillip L. Clay • Stacey Franklin Jones • Jennifer A. Richeson (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Lucile Adams-Campbell • Eve J. Higginbotham • Elaine R. Jones • Joan Archie • H. Richard Milner IV • David R. Jones (click to read more)

Cooperative Agreement Signed by Universities Serving Blacks in the United States and Colombia
For the past century Phelps Stokes has helped to improve educational opportunities for blacks and other minorities. Now the nonprofit organization has entered into an agreement with the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the Association of Colombiana de Universidades to strengthen cooperation between historically black colleges and universities in the United States with universities serving Afro-Colombian students. (click to read more)

Harvard University Adds Another Black Face to Its Portrait Gallery
A 2002 survey by the curator of the Harvard University portrait collection found that 690 of the university's approximately 750 portraits were of white men. About 58 portraits were of white women. Only two portraits were of minorities. Later that year, then Harvard president Lawrence Summers pledged $100,000 to the Minority Portraiture Project and added three new portraits of African Americans. Now another African American has been added to the Harvard portrait gallery. (click to read more)

Alarming Statistics on Young Black Male Educational Performance
A new report from the Council of the Great City Schools shows some alarming statistics on the poor educational performance of young black males. The study found that only 12 percent of black males in the fourth grade were proficient in reading compared to 38 percent of same-age white males. In mathematics, 12 percent of black males in the eighth grade were rated proficient compared to 44 percent of white males. (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)

In Memoriam
• Janet McClain, who spent 34 years on the faculty of Northern Iowa University in Cedar Falls, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 60 years old.

• Anna Vaughn-Cooke, a linguist and associate provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, died from vasculitis last month at a hospice facility in Washington, D.C. She was 63 years old. (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
U.S. Department of Agriculture • Alabama A&M University • Fort Valley State University • South Carolina State University • Florida A&M University (click to read more)

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