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African Americans Are Falling Further Behind in STEM Degrees
A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that the number of African Americans earning degrees in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics increased only slightly in the 2001 to 2009 period. (click to read more)

No Merger for Southern University of New Orleans
Republican legislators in Louisiana have pulled legislation that would have merged historically black Southern University of New Orleans with the predominantly white University of New Orleans. Black leaders in the legislature and officials at Southern University of New Orleans expressed relief that the historically black educational institution has survived a challenge to its existence. (click to read more)

Turmoil in Malawi Higher Education
A group of scholars from Malawi has petitioned the government of the African nation to institute meaningful reforms to the country's higher education system. The scholars, some of whom are teaching abroad, object to government interference in the operation of the nation's universities. (click to read more)

More Than 3.6 Million African-American Adults Have Not Graduated From High School
While obtaining a college degree is regarded as essential to obtain a good job in today's economy, a large percentage of the African-American adult population lacks even the lesser credential of a high school diploma. Only 84 percent of the adult black population over the age of 25 has completed high school. For whites, the figure is 92 percent. (click to read more)

Howard University Law School Receives Papers of Mary Young-Cummings
The papers of Mary Young-Cummings, the first African-American woman lawyer in Augusta, Georgia, have been donated to her alma mater, the Howard University School of Law. (click to read more)

The Racial Gap in College Enrollments in Connecticut
A new report from the Connecticut Department of Education presents data which shows that 69 percent of all public high school seniors who graduated in 2010 went on to enroll in college. But students from low-income families were far less likely to enroll in college. Only 42 percent of the 2010 graduating seniors who qualified for the free lunch program enrolled in college. (click to read more)

Central State University Aims to Boost Its Retention and Graduation Rates
Central State University, the historically black educational institution in Wilberforce, Ohio, is taking steps to improve its retention and graduation rates. The most recent data shows that only 47 percent of entering freshmen return for their sophomore year and just 19 percent of entering freshmen earn a bachelor's degree within six years at Central State. (click to read more)

To Save Money, St. Paul's College Eliminates Intercollegiate Sports
St. Paul's College, the historically black educational institution in Lawrenceville, Virginia, with ties to the Episcopal Church, has decided to end all intercollegiate sports programs. The college fielded 14 teams this past year, seven for men and seven for women. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Ann Rose Jones, who built the undergraduate program in social work at the University of Pittsburgh, died at her home in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. She was 89 years old. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Adele S. Newson-Horst • Lisa Brock • Jann Joseph • Rosalynn Martin • Terence Blanchard • Danita Nias (click to read more)

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

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New Cable Network Will Showcase Black Colleges
This coming fall the new Atlanta-based HBCU television network will premier on cable systems throughout the United States. The new network will feature live football, basketball, track and field, and other athletic events from the four athletic conferences that include historically black colleges and universities. (click to read more)

Emory University Unveils New African Origins Website
Recently, Emory University unveiled a new website that seeks to identify the origins of a group of Africans transported on slave ships to the New World in the 1819 to 1845 period. The African Origins website contains information on more than 9,000 Africans who were enslaved but later freed by the Courts of Mixed Commission in Havana, Cuba, and Freetown, Sierra Leone. (click to read more)

To Cut Costs, Administrators at Prairie View A&M University Are Heading Back to the Classroom
Administrators at Prairie View A&M University, the historically black educational institution in Texas, are taking a novel approach to close the university's budget gap. President George C. Wright and other administrators are planning to return to the classroom rather than hire new faculty members. (click to read more)

New Admissions Policy at the University of Washington May Have a Negative Impact on Campus Racial Diversity
In order to increase tuition revenue, the University of Washington is increasing the number of students it accepts from outside the state of Washington. There are concerns from some in the campus community that the change in admissions policy will have a negative impact on racial diversity on campus. More than 90 percent of all minority students at the University of Washington are in-state students. (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)

Honors and Awards
Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg • Kwame Harrison • Bonnie Newman Davis • James M. Jones • Kasandra Y. Moye (click to read more)

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