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Harvard Report Recommends That Fewer High School Students Pursue a College Prep Curriculum
A new report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education concludes that not all high school students should be taking a college preparatory curriculum. Steering unprepared high school students into college prep mathematics and science courses, according to the report, is adding to the large high school dropout rate. (click to read more)

Health Disparities Among Different Groups of American Blacks
A new report by scientists at the University of Michigan finds that there are wide-ranging health disparities among different groups of black Americans. The study, published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, found that blacks who were born in the Caribbean were healthier than African Americans generally. (click to read more)

The Soaring Number of African-American Advanced Placement Test Takers
More than 73,000 African-American members of the 2010 high school graduating class took an Advanced Placement test during their high school career. This is 16.5 percent of all black high school graduates in 2010. Just five years earlier in 2005, there were only 38,000 black members of the high school graduating class who had taken an AP examination. (click to read more)

Explaining the High Black Student Graduation Rate at the University of Virginia
Since JBHE began tracking graduation rates of black students at the nation's leading colleges and universities nearly two decades ago, the University of Virginia has always ranked at the top of the list for state-operated educational institutions. The university prides itself on this achievement and works hard to maintain its superior performance in graduating black students. The Office of African-American Affairs, led by Dean Maurice Apprey, begins the process before black students even take their first class. (click to read more)

Center for Equal Opportunity Charges Black Students Are Getting Undue Admissions Preferences at State Universities in Ohio
The Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), a right-wing think tank in Falls Church, Virginia, has published a new report that claims Ohio State University and Miami University of Ohio give unwarranted admissions preferences to blacks and other minorities. The data shows that white applicants are admitted to both universities at a higher rate than black applicants. But when applicants with similar standardized test scores and high school grade point averages are compared, the CEO data shows that blacks were up to 10 times as likely to be admitted as whites at Miami University and were up to eight times as likely to be admitted to Ohio State. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
The Rev. Lorenzo Long, pastor of the Central Baptist Church in West Baltimore and longtime media technologist at Bowie State University, died last month from complications of surgery at a hospital in Columbia, Maryland.
Elton Ward Long, a longtime professor of criminal justice at Sacramento State University in California, died last month from complications resulting from a series of strokes. He was 67 years old. (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
North Carolina A&T State University • Howard University • Alabama A&M University (click to read more)

George Washington Carver Papers Donated to Clemson University
In 1923 George Washington Carver, the distinguished agricultural chemist who developed hundreds of soybean and peanut products, was the first African American invited to speak at the then all-white Clemson University in South Carolina. A decade later, Clemson chemistry instructor Wallace Friday took two Clemson students to visit Carver at his laboratory on the campus of Tuskegee University. One of the students, Kelley E. Traynham, saved photographs and letters he received from Carver after visiting Tuskegee. These documents were recently donated to the Clemson special collections library by Traynham's widow. (click to read more)

Tempers Are Boiling Over at Medgar Evers College
At Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, relations remain tense between many members of the faculty and the administration of President William L. Pollard. Dr. Pollard became president in 2009. Last summer, many in the Medgar Evers college community were outraged when ATM machines belonging to black-owned Carver Federal Savings were replaced by Citibank ATMs. Then in December, the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Issues was evicted from its campus offices. (click to read more)

Scholarship Program Looks to Increase the Number of Black and Other Minority Public School Teachers
In the United States today more than 40 percent of all public school students are members of minority groups. But only 16.7 percent of all teachers are minorities, and the percentage is decreasing. To address the shortage of black and other minority teachers, in 1992 the Rockefeller Brothers Fund established the Aspiring Teachers of Color program. A new class of 25 fellows has been chosen for the Aspiring Teachers of Color program. (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
Stephen A. Martin • Reed V. Tuckson • Rodney P. McClendon • Al Lavan • Keyana Scales • David G. Carter Sr. • Brian Johnson • Trudie Kibbe Reed • Ellis B. Beteck (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Mary Cameron • Temika Michael Simmons • University of Alabama's Multicultural Journalism Program • Emma A. Faulk • Dolores Finger Wright • Zelia Wiley (click to read more)

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Kentucky State University
Dean and Land Grant Program Director

Boston University
Assistant Dean, Graduate Admissions

Michigan State University
Director of Campus Living Services and Residence Life

Duke University
Director, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

UNC Asheville
Executive Director of the Foundation


Eastern Kentucky University
Assistant or Associate Professor, Sport Management

Trinity Christian College
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Biology, with Expertise in Ecology

Chowan University
Religion Faculty

Lesley University
Assistant/Associate Professor of Animation

University of Northern Iowa
Full-Time Instructor, Department of Biology

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