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New Data on the Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates
The U.S. Department of Education recently released data on the success rate of the cohort of students who entered higher education in the fall of 2003. For all students who enrolled in any type of postsecondary educational institution in 2003, 36.4 percent of whites earned a bachelor's degree by 2009. This was more than double the rate for blacks. (click to read more)

The Racial Wealth Gap Is Growing: College Access for African Americans at Risk
A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that during the recent recession, the wealth gap between black and white families has grown even wider. In 2009 the average white family had had a median net worth of $113,149. The average black family had a median net worth of only $5,677. (click to read more)

Mark G. Hardy Named Provost at Jackson State University
Jackson State University, the historically black educational institution in Mississippi, has announced the appointment of Mark G. Hardy as university provost. Dr. Hardy has been serving as dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Jackson State. (click to read more)

Historical Documents Relating to the African Americans of Chicago Will Be Made Available Online
The historical collections of 14 museums in the Chicago area will be digitized and made available online through what will be called the Chicago Portal. The new effort to make the collections of the 14 museums more accessible to the public is financed by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (click to read more)

Historically Black Dillard University and Texas Chiropractic College Form an Educational Alliance
Dillard University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans, has entered into a partnership agreement with Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas, near Houston. Under the agreement, students will study for three years at Dillard University. Those that have performed up to academic standards will then transfer to Texas Chiropractic College for three additional years of study. (click to read more)

Shaw University Chooses New Leader
Dorothy Cowser Yancy was named interim president of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Irma McClaurin, the former president, resigned last week and published reports suggested that she was forced out by the university's board of trustees. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
• Melvin B. Tolson Jr., the first African American to earn a master's degree at Oklahoma State University and the first full-time African-American faculty member at the University of Oklahoma, has died at the age of 88.
• Richard David Morrison, former president of historically black Alabama A&M University, died late last month at the age of 103.
• Oscar A. Rogers Jr. the seventh president of historically black Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, died late last month at a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. He was 82 years old. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Esther S. Powell • Kim Luckes • Lee H. Melvin • William E. Hudson Jr. • Mohammed Ali Pate • Harry W. Downes Jr. • Timothy E. Sams • Gwendolyn Hall (click to read more)

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Temple University Study Dispels the Stereotype of the Widespread Misuse of Prescription Drugs by Low-Income African Americans
New research from scholars at Temple University has found that the rate of borrowing prescription drugs in low-income groups is no greater than in other segments of the population. (click to read more)

Two Atlanta HBCUs Participating in Major Robotics Research
Spelman College and Morehouse College, two historically black educational institutions inā€ˆAtlanta, are participating in a five-year, $18.5 million grant program to work on robotic devices that interface with the human nervous system. (click to read more)

The Princeton Review's Survey of Race Relations on Campus
The Princeton Review has released its annual rankings of the 376 best colleges in America. Included in the book are surveys conducted of students at the selected colleges and universities. Each year, the Princeton Review ranks the schools on race relations on campus. (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
Alexander G. Clark Sr. • Lovell A. Jones • Joycelyn Elders (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Fisk University • University of Illinois at Chicago (click to read more)

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