|Snail-Like Progress in Increasing Black Faculty at Harvard University
According to the annual report of the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University, there are 46 black ladder faculty at Harvard University during the current academic year. Ladder faculty are those who are tenured or who are on the tenure track. The number of blacks is up one from a year ago. (click to read more)
Do Black Doctoral Students Face Discrimination in the Awarding of Teaching and Research Assistantships?
The National Science Foundation reports that black doctoral students are significantly less likely than their white counterparts to receive teaching or research assistant positions to help finance their graduate studies. For doctoral recipients in 2009, 18 percent of white students were employed as teaching assistants and 22 percent had research positions. For African Americans, 9.5 percent had teaching positions and 12 percent were research assistants. (click to read more)
The New President of CUNY's Bronx Community College
The board of trustees of the City University of New York has appointed Carole Berotte Joseph the next president of Bronx Community College. Since 2005 she has been the president of Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. (click to read more)
A Huge Racial Gap Persists in College Graduation Rates
The U.S. Department of Education has issued new data on graduation rates for students who entered college in 2003 and earned their bachelor's degree within six years. The overall graduation rate of students at four-year institutions is 57.4 percent. Whites had a graduation rate of 60.8 percent. For blacks, the figure is 39.1 percent. (click to read more)
Howard University Board Approves Massive Changes in Degree Programs: But the Undergraduate Program in Philosophy Is Given New Life
Last October, JBHE reported that Howard University decided to eliminate its bachelor's and master's degree programs in philosophy. Now the university has reconsidered its position and will eliminate only the master's degree program. Currently, Howard is the only historically black university offering a master's degree program in philosophy. (click to read more)
Historically Black University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Gets Green Light to Begin Doctoral Studies
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a historically black educational institution, has received approval from the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a doctorate in aquaculture. (click to read more)
• George Canty Jr., longtime professor of chemistry at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, died last month from complications of a stroke at a hospital in Macon. He was 82 years old.
• Samuel F. Yette, a longtime journalist, government official, and professor of journalism at Howard University, has died from complications of Alzheimer's disease at an assisted living facility in Laurel, Maryland. He was 81 years old. (click to read more)
Honors and Awards
Bernice Donald • Edward Hanes Jr. • Gregorio Millet • Howard Allen Chubbs (click to read more)
Grants and Gifts
Regents of the University of California Recommend That All Campuses Adopt a Holistic Admissions System
The regents of the University of California system are urging, but not requiring, all nine undergraduate campuses to use a holistic approach to admissions. Under the holistic method, admissions officers consider an applicant's grades, test scores, and other qualifications with consideration to the student's background and life experiences. Critics of the plan state that the holistic approach is a means to get around the state ban on the consideration of race during the admissions process. But the university maintains that a holistic system does not benefit students of any one particular race. (click to read more)
Historically Black Florida A&M University Gets Approval for a New Satellite Campus to House Its Pharmacy Program
The board of governors of the State University System of Florida has approved the establishment of a satellite campus of historically black Florida A&M University in Crestview. The new campus will be about 150 miles west of the university's main campus in Tallahassee. The Crestview campus will be home to the university's new doctor of pharmacy program, which will begin classes in the fall of 2012. (click to read more)
A New Institute on Chinese Studies Founded at Historically Black Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University, the historically black educational institution in Houston, has announced the establishment of the Confucius Institute on campus in collaboration with Beijing Jiaotong University. The new institute will offer Chinese language and cultural studies to Texas Southern students. (click to read more)
UNCF Moving Closer to the Seat of Power
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is moving its headquarters from Fairfax, Virginia, across the Potomac River to Washington, D.C. The organization, made up of 39 private historically black colleges and universities, is now in its 67th year in providing financial assistance to college students. (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
Barbara W. Ballard • Helen T. McAlpine • Lisa Barkley • Adrian Fenty • Patricia Maryland • Sonja A. Bennett • Ernest Morrell • Seth Ablordeppy • Clarence Lang (click to read more)
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