|Marvalene Hughes to Step Down as President of Dillard University
Marvalene Hughes had been on the job as president of Dillard University in New Orleans for only two months when Hurricane Katrina came ashore in August 2005. The hurricane caused considerable damage to the Dillard campus. The university closed for the semester and reopened in January at a downtown hotel. Enrollments dropped by more than half. President Hughes criss-crossed the country raising money for the rebuilding effort and restoring the faith of alumni and students that Dillard would survive and prosper. Now she says her job is done and has announced that she will retire when her replacement is found. (click to read more)
The Huge Racial Divide in Success Rates on AP Examinations
Last week JBHE reported on the huge surge in the number of African Americans taking Advanced Placement courses and examinations. Although the number of black AP students has increased, African Americans continue to have difficulty achieving a passing grade of 3 on the AP scoring scale of 1 to 5. For blacks in the high school class of 2010, the mean score on AP tests was 1.88. The mean score for whites was 2.95, more than a full letter grade higher than the mean score for blacks. (click to read more)
An Urgent Need to Refocus on Equal Educational Opportunity
Last week JBHE revealed that a new report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education stated that American education has been too narrowly focused on an academic, classroom-based approach. The report also stated that we should institute "a new social compact with America's young people. This compact should spell out what educators, employers and governments will do to provide pathways, and how they will support young people as they navigate them." (click to read more)
1962 Speech by Martin Luther King Jr. at Wake Forest University Now Available Online
On October 1, 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a lecture before 2,200 people in the Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A few years ago, an audiotape of the address was discovered in the university archives. Now a transcript of the address as well as a digital recording of the speech can be accessed on the website of the university's Z. Smith Reynolds Library. (click to read more)
Smartphones May Be Narrowing the Racial Digital Divide
A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that the use of smartphones by African Americans and Hispanics may be narrowing the digital divide. The report found that 65 percent of whites, but only 52 percent of blacks, had broadband Internet access in their homes. But 6 percent of all blacks report that they access the Internet from their smartphones but do not have Internet access at their home. Only one percent of whites have smartphone access to the Internet but do not have broadband connections at home. (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
Bryant T. T. Bell • Darryl Crompton • Ross Roberts • Stephen M. Avery • Robert Reid-Pharr • Jennifer Keane-Dawes • Charles M. Payne • David Jones (click to read more)
Honors and Awards
Janet M. Haynes • A. Eugene Washington • Alvin F. Poussaint • William S. Parrish Jr. • William R. Harvey • Donald J. Reaves (click to read more)
Budget Cuts in Texas May Lead to Significant Decrease in the Number of Blacks Who Can Afford to Enroll in College
The draft proposal of the Texas state budget includes a 40 percent reduction in the TEXAS grant program for low-income college students. About 60 percent of the grants go to minority students, with African Americans and Hispanics each garnering about 30 percent of the funds. Under the proposal, the number of students who would receive state grants would drop from nearly 87,000 this year to under 30,000 in 2013. (click to read more)
A Significant First for a Spelman College Graduate
La'Shanda Holmes, a 2007 graduate of Spelman College, has become the first black woman to be certified as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is one of 85 women aviators among the 1,200 pilots in the Coast Guard. She is currently stationed at the Coast Guard Air Station in Los Angeles. (click to read more)
New College Scholarship Honors First Black Marine Corps Officer
The Marine Corps Recruiting Command, in conjunction with the Naval Service Training Command, has established a college scholarship to honor Frederick C. Branch, the first African-American officer in the Marines. (click to read more)
Berkeley Study Finds Racial Disparity in Online Dating Contacts
A new study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley finds wide disparities in interracial interactions at online dating sites. The Berkeley study found that while the majority of online dating contacts initiated by blacks went to other blacks, African Americans were 10 times as likely as whites to initiate contact with people of other races. (click to read more)
Harvard and Princeton Reinstate Early Admissions Programs
In 2006 both Harvard University and Princeton University did away with their early admissions programs. Critics of early admissions had charged that these programs favored whites and served to hinder efforts to diversify the applicant pool. Both universities have now reinstated non-binding early action admissions programs. Students can apply early to each school but, if accepted, don't have to make a choice on whether they will enroll until the end of the regular admissions process. (click to read more)
• Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister of the Memorial Church at Harvard University, died late last month from complications of a stroke. He was 68 years old.
• Marva J. Morris, a physician and educator, died from cancer at her home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was 75 years old.
• Laura J. Lee, a longtime professor of social work at the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham University, died last month at a hospital in Philadelphia. She was 73 years old. (click to read more)
Grants and Gifts
University of Florida • Florida A&M University • Dalhousie University • Winston-Salem State University (click to read more)
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