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The Huge Racial Gap in College Completion Rates
A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows a large and persisting racial gap in college graduation rates. The study tracked students who entered college in the fall of 2003. Of those students who enrolled at two-year community colleges in 2003, only 10.3 percent of blacks attained an associate's degree by 2009. Another 6.2 percent of black students had earned a bachelor's degree within six years. (click to read more)

Black African Scholars Teaching at U.S. Colleges and Universities: Nigeria and Kenya Send the Largest Contingents
According to the Institute of International Education, during the 2008-09 academic year there were 113,494 foreign scholars teaching at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Of these, 3,800, or 3.3 percent, were from the African continent. (click to read more)

Two African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships
In 1953 the Marshall Scholarships program was established by an act of the British Parliament. Up to 40 Marshall scholarships can be given out each year. This winter the Marshall Foundation selected 31 winners. While there is no official data on race, it appears from JBHE's research that two of the new Marshall scholars are African Americans. (click to read more)

Black Enrollments Are Down at Berkeley
The University of California at Berkeley has issued final enrollment figures for the fall semester. There are 1,203 black students on campus this year, compared to 1,253 a year ago. There are 49 fewer black undergraduate students, but black graduate students are down by only one. Blacks make up 3.4 percent of the 35,838 students on campus. (click to read more)

African-American Scores on Literacy Assessment Tests Are Below Those of Students in Many Third World Nations
A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that black high school students in the United States trail youth in many Third World countries in measures of functional literacy. (click to read more)

Yale University Program Seeks to Improve Healthcare in Ethiopia
The Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale University has admitted 18 new students from Ethiopia into its two-year degree program in hospital management. The program, conducted in cooperation with Jimma University and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, will train the students to improve efficiency and quality of care at Ethiopian hospitals. (click to read more)

Business Students at Historically Black Florida A&M Win National Competition
Students at the School of Business and Industry at historically black Florida A&M University took first-place honors at the recent National Team Selling Competition held at Indiana University. The FAMU team competed against students from 15 other universities. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Glenn T. Johnson, a former trustee of the John Marshall Law School and the second African American to serve on the Illinois Appellate Court, died late last month at his home in Hyde Park, Illinois. He was 93 years old. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Arthur J. Bond • Andrew J. Goudy (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Alliance for Equity in Higher Education • North Carolina A&T State University • Lincoln University • Alabama A&M University and Tuskegee University (click to read more)

Black Student Acceptance Rates at Top-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges
Last week JBHE reported that many of the nation's leading research universities continue to be reluctant to disclose data on their black student acceptance rates. But the results of the 2010 JBHE survey of incoming black students show that the top-ranked liberal arts colleges are more forthcoming with information on the subject. This year's data shows that at 15 of the 27 schools supplying data, the black student acceptance rate was higher than the rate for all students. (click to read more)

Commission Report Concludes That Black Students in the Sciences at Predominantly White Schools Face an "Academic Mismatch"
In a new report, the United States Commission on Civil Rights finds that African-American students at the nation's historically black colleges and universities are more likely than black students at other educational institutions to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The report found that black students at HBCUs reported higher levels of academic involvement and greater participation in faculty research projects than black students at predominantly white universities. (click to read more)

The Higher Education of the Nation's Newest Black Appellate Court Judge
President Obama recently nominated Bernice Bouie Donald for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which is based in Cincinnati. In 1995 she was appointed by President Clinton to the federal bench for the western district of Tennessee. She is the first African-American woman to serve on a federal district court in Tennessee. (click to read more)

New Scholarship Program for Students With Disabilities at HBCUs
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education has announced the establishment of its Inclusion Scholars Program. Funded by a grant from the AT&T Foundation, the program aims to help recruit, retain, and graduate students with disabilities at historically black and predominantly black colleges and universities. (click to read more)

African-American President of Martin University Steps Down
Algeania Freeman has stepped down as president of Martin University in Indianapolis. The university was founded in 1977 by Boniface Hardin, a Catholic priest, to educate nontraditional students. The average age of a Martin University student is 40. About 91 percent of the university's 1,200 students are black. The board of trustees named Charlotte Westerhaus acting president. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Uchenna Elike • Shelby F. Lewis • Karen A. Jones • Diane Bowles • Antionette Marbray • Janet Hayes Southerland (click to read more)

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