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Honorary Degrees Awarded to Blacks at This Spring's Commencement Ceremonies of the Nation's Highest-Ranked Universities
This spring the nation's 30 highest-ranked universities and 30 highest-ranked liberal arts colleges bestowed honorary degrees on 33 blacks. This is three more than in 2010. The number of honorary degrees awarded to blacks peaked in 2007 when 44 were awarded. Click through for the full list of this year's honorands. (click to read more)

Howard University Names a New Dean of Its College of Medicine
Mark S. Johnson was appointed dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University. When he takes office on August 1, Dr. Johnson will be the college's 17th dean since its founding in 1868. (click to read more)

Several New Degree Programs Announced at HBCUs
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Fort Valley State University, Howard University, and North Carolina Central University will be offering new degree programs in the coming school year. (click to read more)

The University of Colorado Reports Progress in Increasing Student Diversity

The University of Colorado at Boulder reports that minority student enrollments have reached an all-time high. In the 2010-11 academic year, minorities made up 16 percent of all students. That year there were 4,082 minority students on campus, compared to 3,832 the year before. (click to read more)

The New Prime Minister of Thailand Holds a Degree From an HBCU
Yingluck Shinawatra's Pheu Thai Party scored a huge victory in last week's parliamentary elections in Thailand. She is the first woman elected prime minister of the Asian nation. Yingluck Shinawatra is a graduate of Chiang Mai University in Thailand and holds a master's degree in public administration from Kentucky State University. (click to read more)

New Military Resource Center at Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley State University, the historically black educational institution in Georgia, has established a new center on campus to help military personnel make the transition from the armed forces to college life. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
• Hershel K. Swinger, a clinical psychologist, children's advocate, and longtime educator, died recently at his home in Baldwin Hills, California, from congestive heart failure. He was 72 years old.
• Billy Lewis, the first African-American basketball player at the University of Colorado, who later served as general counsel at Howard University, died at his home in Atlanta after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 72 years old. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Diebedo Francis Kere • Dolph Pulliam (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
University of Virginia • East Carolina University • Marin County Foundation • Hampton University • University of California at Los Angeles • Charles R. University of Medicine and Science (click to read more)

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Higher Education Behind Prison Walls
The Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison in California enrolls about 320 students in associate's degree programs. More than 100 faculty members from Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and other educational institutions volunteer their time as instructors. (click to read more)

The Nonprofit That Helps Minority Women Earn Doctorates
EduSeed is a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that seeks to improve the educational opportunities for disadvantaged groups. One of its projects, called SisterMentors, help women of color who are seeking doctoral degrees. (click to read more)

The Higher Education of the New President-Elect of the PTA
Otha Thornton, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is the new president elect of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA). When he takes office in July 2013, he will be the first black man to head the PTA. (click to read more)

Private HBCUs in Florida See Sharp Drop in State Aid
After a lot of legal maneuvering, the Florida legislature finalized a budget that contained a 4 percent cut for public higher education in the state. Private black colleges and universities in the state will see an even bigger cut in state aid. The legislature cut state appropriations for private HBCUs by 7 percent to $8.7 million. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Estella Atekwana • James Brooks • Terrence Hardee • Pamela Waldon-Moore • Carleton Pickron • Gerard Robinson • E. Janyce Dawkins • Mary P. Watkins (click to read more)

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