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Nearly 2.7 Million African Americans Are Enrolled in Higher Education
New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that despite the recent recession, college enrollments continue to climb. In the fall of 2009 there were nearly 21 million Americans who were enrolled in higher education. There were nearly 2.7 million African-American students enrolled in a degree-granting institution of higher learning in 2009. Thus, blacks made up 12.6 percent of all enrollments in higher education. (click to read more)

A Statistical Portrait of Freshmen at Black Colleges and Universities
Each year the characteristics and attitudes of freshman college students are surveyed by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. This nationwide survey compares current freshmen in terms of characteristics such as family income, grades in high school, and future goals. In addition, the survey contains statistics on a wide variety of personal traits such as study habits, political views, and social activities. Click through to see how the data portrays students at black institutions when compared to those at predominantly white colleges and universities. (click to read more)

HBCU Plans to Host a New High School With an International Focus
Historically black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has announced plans to establish a second early college high school on its campus. The early college high school allows students to obtain their high school diplomas while also earning college credits. The new school will focus on foreign language and cultural studies. (click to read more)

California State University Officials Visit Black Churches in an Effort to Boost African-American Enrollments
Once again this year, administrators from the 23 campuses of the California State University system are speaking at black churches throughout the state in an effort to boost African-American college enrollments. The "Super Sunday" effort began last week and will continue this coming Sunday. (click to read more)

Trinity College Professor Detained by the Nigerian Government
Okey Ndibe, the Allan K. Smith Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, spent the recent winter break traveling to his native Nigeria to visit family and conduct research for his upcoming book. But Professor Ndibe was detained upon his arrival and his passport was confiscated. Newspapers on three continents quickly printed condemnations of his treatment and the Committee for the Protection of Journalists in New York publicized his predicament. The Nigerian government soon backed down and Ndibe was permitted to return to the United States. (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
Angela Williams • Evelynn Ellis • Renee Steele • Larry D. Thompson • Lori Hunter • Thelma V. Cook • Denise Pearson • Anthony L. Jenkins • Mickey L. Burnim (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
University of Southern California • Institute for Advanced Study • Florida A&M University • University of Pennsylvania (click to read more)

Black Students Are Underrepresented at the Nation's Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
There are now 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. Osteopathic medicine uses the tools of traditional medical practice but takes a more holistic approach to health. In 2010 there were 545 black students enrolled at the nation's osteopathic medical schools. They made up 3 percent of all students at these schools. In contrast, blacks make up about 7 percent of all enrollments at traditional medical schools. (click to read more)

Florida A&M Graduate Is the First African-American Woman Admitted to the Joint MD/Ph.D. Program at the University of Florida
In the spring of 2009, Brittney Newby, a native of Atlanta, graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Now, Newby is the first African-American woman in history to gain admittance to the joint MD/Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. The University of Florida joint degree program, founded 44 years ago, admits only eight students each year. (click to read more)

Howard University's Alternative Spring Break
On Sunday, March 6, Howard University will hold a 12-hour fundraising effort on the university's WHUR-FM radio station. The goal is to raise $150,000 which will be used to send as many as 500 Howard University undergraduate and graduate students on an "alternative spring break." The students will travel to several cities, and possibly Haiti, to work on humanitarian projects during their one-week spring break in mid-March. (click to read more)

Two African Americans Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
There are now 2,290 American members of the highly prestigious National Academy of Engineering. The vast majority of the members are white men. The number of African-American members is minuscule. But this year, two of the 68 new members are African Americans. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Jerome L. Gresham, who in 1966 was named president of Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina, at the age of 28, died after suffering a heart attack at his home in Atlanta. He was 72 years old. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Michael K. Dorsey • Eugene C. Johnson • Ronald E. Snead Sr. • Karen Chandler • Jim Tolbert • Ronald H. Brown Prep Program (click to read more)

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Associate Director for Student Retention and Success

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Assistant Director of Undergraduate Judicial Affairs

CUNY School of Professional Studies
Academic Program Director (HEO)


Amherst College
Visiting Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies

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Psychology Faculty

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Cluster Hire in Physical Activity and Health

Mount Saint Mary College
Assistant Professor of Education in Childhood Education

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