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The Number of Applications From Black Students Surges at the Nation's Leading Universities
Despite a down economy and a shrinking pool of 18-year-olds, many of the nation's leading universities are reporting a record number of applications for the class of 2015. Harvard University received nearly 35,000 applications this year. This is up nearly 15 percent from a year ago and more than 50 percent from four years ago. While the universities did not report specific numbers for black applicants, it appears that there were substantial gains at many institutions. (click to read more)

Universities Awarding the Most Doctorates to African Americans
According to data from the National Science Foundation, there have been 9,825 doctorates awarded to African Americans in the 2005-09 period. During this period, Howard University bestowed 338 doctorates on black Americans, far more than any other institution of higher learning. Walden University, a nontraditional institution of higher learning where much of the coursework is conducted online, ranked second. During the 2005-09 period, 158 black students earned doctorates through Walden University. Ranking third was the University of Michigan with 149 doctorates earned by blacks. (click to read more)

Black Applicants to the Undergraduate Campuses of the University of California System Increase, But Only Slightly
The University of California system reports that it received 4,843 applications from African-American Californians seeking admission to the class of 2015. Blacks made up 5.7 percent of all California applicants. The number of African Americans seeking places at the university's nine undergraduate campuses was up slightly from a year ago. UCLA and the flagship campus at Berkeley reported the most black applicants, although both schools saw a drop in the number of black applicants from 2010. (click to read more)

Lafayette College Updates the Concept of Civil Rights
In 1931, when the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights was first dedicated at Lafayette College it included a plaque that championed the "civil rights" ideals of the 1930s. Those ideals referred to individual rights as opposed to the idea of state control, which was taking hold in the Soviet Union. At the time, there were no black students at Lafayette College. But now, Lafayette College has unveiled a second plaque in the building explaining Kirby's remarks. Also, an exhibit showing a timeline of the civil rights movement was erected in the lobby to make the Hall of Civil Rights more relevant to students of today. (click to read more)

Western Illinois University Names a New President
Jack Thomas was named the 11th president of Western Illinois University in Macomb. He will assume his new position on July 1. He is currently serving as provost and academic vice president at the university. (click to read more)

Emory University Issues an Official Apology for Its Ties to Slavery
The board of trustees of Emory University in Atlanta has issued a formal statement apologizing for its role in the institution of slavery. The college was founded in 1836 by a group of Methodists who named the college after a Maryland bishop who was a slaveowner. The university admitted that its founders and early leaders were all supporters of slavery and worked to divide the Methodist Church into northern and southern branches. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Marie Sutton • Pamela Haney • Ramona M. Hill • Allison Blakely • K. Michael Francois • Chanta A. Haywood • Ronnie Harrison (click to read more)

Louisiana Governor Proposes Merging Historically Black Southern University of New Orleans With a Predominantly White University
Bobby Jindal, the popular GOP governor of Louisiana, has ordered a study that will consider the feasibility of merging the historically black Southern University of New Orleans with the predominantly white University of New Orleans. Both institutions have seen a drop in enrollments since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Ronald Mason Jr., president of the Southern University system, stated that he was "shocked" by the governor's proposal. (click to read more)

Financial Literacy Program Targets Students at Black Colleges
The Capital One Financial Corporation in conjunction with the United Negro College Fund has launched a new program aimed at increasing the financial literacy of students at more than 50 historically black colleges and universities. The Capital One Financial Scholars Program uses an educational gaming platform to educate students on loan management, taxes, banking, budgeting, credit, and other financial topics. (click to read more)

National Park Service Will Build a Tourist Center on the Campus of Alabama State University
The National Park Service has announced that a new center will be built on the campus of Alabama State University that will serve as a clearinghouse on the 1965 voting rights protests and marches for tourists who travel the 54-mile Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. (click to read more)

Austin Peay State University Receives a Donation of Sculptures Created by Legendary Black Folk Artist William Edmondson
In 1937 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City exhibited the works of Nashville sculptor William Edmondson. It was the first time in the museum's history that a black artist was featured in a solo exhibit. He died in 1951 in relative obscurity and was buried in an unmarked grave. But in recent years Edmondson's folk art sculptures have enjoyed a renaissance in the artistic community. Thanks to recent generous donations, three Edmondson sculptures will now be on permanent display at Austin Peay State University's Mable Larson Gallery. (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)

Honors and Awards
Drew Days III • Thomas Parker • Bevlee Watford • Charles H. Parrish Jr. (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Delaware State University • Rider University • Virginia State University • University of Tennessee College of Law • North Carolina Central University (click to read more)

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