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Cornell University Gives a Shot in the Arm to Africana Studies
Last December, students at Cornell University protested the decision to place the Africana Studies and Research Center under the jurisdiction of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. While many students and faculty remain opposed to the new arrangement, the administration has taken a major step to show its continued commitment to the Africana studies program. (click to read more)

Storms Damage Campuses of Two HBCUs in Raleigh
Our prayers are with students, faculty, and staff at Shaw University and Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both campuses were hit with severe storms over the weekend that damaged buildings and caused power outages. (click to read more)

The First Black Dean of the Boston College Law School
This July Vincent D. Rougeau will become the first African American to lead the Boston College Law School. Rougeau currently serves on the faculty of the law school at the University of Notre Dame. (click to read more)

Classes Begin at New University Named After Black Historian Carter G. Woodson
Earlier this month, Woodson University in Concord, North Carolina, held its first classes. Five students are enrolled in an online course on theories of leadership. The university is named after historian Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Month. (click to read more)

Major Restructuring Announced at Historically Black Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University, the historically black educational institution in Tallahassee, has announced a restructuring plan that will save the institution nearly $19 million. Under the plan the university will eliminate degree programs in French and Spanish as well as nine education degrees and two journalism degrees. (click to read more)

Why Students Choose to Attend Black Colleges and Universities
A new study by the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund finds that students who enroll at historically black colleges and universities expressed a desire to feel welcome on campus as a main reason for attending such institutions. The survey showed that students felt they needed to feel connected and have a sense of belonging. (click to read more)

Judge Throws Out Legal Challenge to the Merger of Historically Black Southern University With the University of New Orleans
A Louisiana judge has dismissed a lawsuit which sought to prevent the merger of historically black Southern University of New Orleans with the predominantly white University of New Orleans. The suit had been filed by former Congressman Cleo Fields on behalf of black students at Southern University. (click to read more)

The Six Finalists to Become Chancellor of Southern University in Baton Rouge
Southern University in Baton Rouge has announced six finalists, one of whom will become the educational institution's next chancellor. The six finalists are Belinda Childress Anderson, Diola Bagayoko, Robert R. Jennings, James Llorens, Michael J. Sorrell, and Earl G. Yarbrough Sr. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Clarence "Motts" Thomas, former head football coach and former assistant professor and associate dean of students at Pomona College in Claremont, California, has died at the age of 65. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Deborah Jackson • Marcus L. Martin • Cynthia B. Dillard • Agatha Onwunli • Walter J. Hood Jr. • Stephen Martin • Donnell Scott (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Bucknell University • Dickinson College • Lafayette College • Fayetteville State University • University of California at San Francisco • Jackson State University • Morgan State University (click to read more)

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Blacks Make Up Large Percentages of Admitted Students at Princeton University and Williams College
Princeton University reported a record 27,189 applicants this spring. African Americans make up 9.1 percent of all students accepted at Princeton. Another 5 percent of admitted students identified themselves as biracial. At Williams College 1,199 students were accepted for the Class of 2015 from among 7,030 applicants. African Americans make up a whopping 14.3 percent of all accepted students. (click to read more)

Higher Education in Equatorial Guinea
The nation of Equatorial Guinea is the only Spanish-speaking country in West Africa. It has been ruled since 1979 by Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who came to power in a bloody coup. He has been reelected to several seven-year terms as president in elections widely regarded as shams. He has been called one of Africa's most corrupt and ruthless dictators. Despite authoritarian rule, the president has been a strong supporter of education. (click to read more)

Brandeis University Seeks to Increase Campus Diversity
Five years ago Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, added a diversity clause to its mission statement. The most recent demographic breakdown of the student body shows that 5 percent of all undergraduates are black and another 5 percent are Hispanic. Unlike many of the universities, Brandeis does not use affirmative action in its admissions process. Instead of using race-sensitive admissions to increase student diversity, Brandeis has conducted more recruiting in predominantly black areas. (click to read more)

Henry Givens Jr. to Step Down as President of Harris-Stowe State University
After serving 32 years as president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Henry Givens Jr. has announced that he will retire when someone is chosen to replace him. (click to read more)

New Life for Paul Quinn College
In 2009 Paul Quinn College, the historically black educational institution in Dallas, was stripped of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. But Paul Quinn president Michael Sorrell hedged his bet and also applied for accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Earlier this month, TRACS granted full accreditation to Paul Quinn College. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Johnnetta B. Cole • John D. Calhoun • Naana Opoku-Agyemang • Paula D. McClain • Aaron P. Dworkin • Vivian Gunn Morris • Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran (click to read more)

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