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HBCUs Are Producing a Smaller Share of All Bachelor's Degrees Awarded to African Americans
Data from the National Science Foundation shows that the percentage of all bachelor's degrees awarded to African Americans by the nation's historically black colleges and universities declined significantly during the first decade of this century. In 2000, 24.5 percent of all bachelor's degrees earned by African Americans were awarded by HBCUs. By 2008, only 19.0 percent of all bachelor's degrees awarded to African Americans were from HBCUs. (click to read more)

University of Virginia Acquires Rare Abolitionist Pamphlet
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia has acquired one of only seven known copies of the 1829 pamphlet by African American David Walker entitled, Appeal in Four Articles, Together With a Preamble to the Colored Citizens of the World, But in Particular, and Very Expressly to Those of the United States of America. The 76-page work criticizes Thomas Jefferson's stereotypical observations of Negroes in his Notes on the State of Virginia. (click to read more)

Virginia State University Is Now Located in a Different City
Virginia State University, the historically black educational institution in Petersburg, has a new address. The institution is now officially located in Virginia State University, Virginia. (click to read more)

One African American Among the Ten New Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
This year 10 new members were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of Poetry at the University of Virginia, is the only new black member. Professor Dove, former poet laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a summa cum laude graduate of Miami University of Ohio. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. (click to read more)

White House Cancels Conference at Historically Black Alabama A&M
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has canceled the 2011 HBCU Technical Conference that was scheduled to take place next month on the campus of Alabama A&M University. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative, stated that the conference was canceled due to the political climate in Washington. (click to read more)

Thelma Thompson to Step Down as President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Thelma B. Thompson, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has announced her intention to retire on August 15. Dr. Thompson has led the historically black university for the past nine years. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Leslie Burl McLemore • Cheryl S. Taylor • Angela M. Davis • Kenneth D. Lewis (click to read more)

The Serious Racial Disparity in College Retention Rates
In October 2009 there were 880,000 African Americans enrolled as freshmen in college. There were 686,000 sophomores. There were 566,000 juniors and only 278,000 seniors. The number of seniors was 68 percent lower than the number of freshmen. This shows a very large attrition rate of black students who start college but do not finish. (click to read more)

Widespread Racial Disparity Among the States on Advanced Placement Tests
Among the 50 states there are wide discrepancies on how well black high school students are performing on Advancement Place tests. In Hawaii, for example, blacks were 1.9 percent of all members of the 2010 high school graduating class. And blacks were 2.1 percent of all 2010 seniors who successfully passed an AP examination. In contrast, blacks made up 13.9 percent of the 2010 graduating high school class in Pennsylvania. Yet only 2 percent of the students in the class of 2010 who were successful on AP tests were black. (click to read more)

Tennessee State Nixes TSUnami the Tiger
In the wake of the terrible disaster that struck Japan, historically black Tennessee State University decided to change the name of its tiger mascot. Recently the tiger had been named TSUnami. (click to read more)

New Center for Urban Research Established at the University of Chicago
Mario L. Small, professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, has created a new research center at the university to study urban issues. The University of Chicago Urban Network will seek to "spur innovation in the study of urban processes and interdisciplinary discourse in urban research, theory, and policy." (click to read more)

Cornell University Reorganizes Diversity Efforts
Cornell University, the Ivy League educational institution in Ithaca, New York, has announced a reorganization of its student diversity program with the goal of "raising the priority given to concerns of underrepresented and minority students." (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Annette Gordon-Reed • Victor Anderson • Darrell A. Brown • Natalie L. Mason-Kinsey • Olufunmilayo F. Olopade • John W. Land • Sidney A. Ribeau (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Fort Valley State University • University of Arkansas • Alcorn State University • North Carolina A&T State University • Virginia State University • Central State University • University of Michigan • Rutgers University • North Carolina State University • Emory University (click to read more)

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