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The Huge African-American Gender Gap in Graduate Degree Programs
As reported in last week's edition, new data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that in 2009, there were 342,400 African Americans enrolled in graduate programs in the United States. But when broken down by gender, the enrollment statistics are shocking. (click to read more)

Assessing Racism on British University Campuses
The National Union of Students (NUS) in the United Kingdom has released a new report that shows that many black students at Britain's elite universities feel isolated on campus. (click to read more)

The New Dean of the Georgetown University Business School
David A. Thomas was named dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. His appointment is effective on August 1. Currently, he is the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also the director of the school's Organizational Behavior Unit. (click to read more)

Dillard University Names an Experienced Leader as Interim President
James Lyons has agreed to serve as interim president of Dillard University when Marvalene Hughes steps down at the end of the month. Dr. Lyons, a member of the Dillard board of trustees, has previously served as president of California State University at Dominguez Hills, Jackson State University in Mississippi, and Bowie State University in Maryland. (click to read more)

Historically Black Virginia Union University Reinstates a Fine Arts Degree
Virginia Union University, the historically black educational institution in Richmond, has announced that it will reinstate a bachelor of fine arts degree program. Students in the program will select a concentration of either visual arts, theater, or music but will be required to take courses in all three areas. (click to read more)

Winner of the National Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change has announced the winner of its National Book Award for 2010. The winning book is Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in the SNCC. The book, published by the University of Illinois Press, was edited by a group of former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. (click to read more)

Survey Finds Lower Incidence of Sexual Assault at HBCUs Compared to Predominantly White Colleges and Universities
New research, published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence by scholars at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina Central University, and Florida A&M University, finds that just under 10 percent of all women enrolled in black colleges and universities reported being a victim of a sexual assault during their college years. For women at predominantly white universities, 13.7 percent reported being a victim of sexual assault. (click to read more)

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African-American Scholars
Periodically, the JBHE Weekly Bulletin publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The latest selections can be accessed on our website. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Ruth J. Simmons • J. Nicole Shelton (click to read more)

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Black and Other Minority College Students in Texas Face a Steep Drop in Scholarship Aid
A budget deal among legislators in Texas threatens the higher educational opportunities of tens of thousands low-income students. Many of these low-income students are African Americans or Latinos. (click to read more)

Black Colleges Bear the Brunt of the NCAA's APR Penalties
Recently the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced penalties for colleges and universities that had poor records in achieving academic success for their student athletes. The APR scores measure academic progress towards a degree, retention of student athletes, and the graduation rate of student athletes. This year, 33 of the 103 institutions that received some form of sanctions from the NCAA were historically black colleges and universities. (click to read more)

The Higher Education of the Other Black Candidate for President
Republican Herman Cain, who made a considerable sum by turning around Godfather's Pizza, has tossed his hat into the ring for the 2012 race for the White House. A fiscal and social conservative, Cain was born in Memphis but raised in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Morehouse College where he double majored in mathematics and physics. Cain earned a master's degree at Purdue University. (click to read more)

The University of Cincinnati Reports Greater Diversity in Its Incoming Class
The University of Cincinnati reports that its incoming class will be 10 percent larger this fall than it was a year ago. Preliminary data shows that black enrollments will be at least 7 percent higher than a year ago and that students who identify themselves as multiracial will increase by 26 percent. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Jane McBride Gates • Renee T. White • Hazel M. McFerson • Chippewa Thomas • Mandy Santiago • Robin N. Coger • Darrell Wheeler (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Medical College of Wisconsin • University of California at Riverside • Morgan State University • University of Southern California • Medgar Evers College • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (click to read more)

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