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The Widening Racial Gap in ACT Scores
In 2011, 223,000 African American high school seniors took the American College Testing Program's ACT college entrance examination. This is an increase of 47 percent from 2007. While there was a slight improvement from last year's average score of 16.9, this year's score is exactly the same average score that black students achieved in 2007. For whites the average ACT score in 2007 was 22.6. By 2011 the average white score had improved a full point to 23.6. (click to read more)

Racial Disparity Found in Approvals of Grants by the National Institutes of Health
A new study led by Donna K. Ginther, a professor of economics at the University of Kansas and published in the journal Science, found that black scientists were 13 percentage points less likely than white scientists to win grants from the National Institutes of Health. (click to read more)

African-American Progress in Dental School Enrollments Hits a Wall
After significant improvements in black enrollments at U.S. dental schools, the progress has halted. In the 2009-10 academic year, blacks remained stuck at 5.7 percent of all dental school enrollments, unchanged from 2005. (click to read more)

Black Freshman Enrollments Are Up 8 Percent at the University of South Carolina: But the Record Over the Past Decade Is Poor
Black freshman enrollments at the University of South Carolina are up about 8 percent from a year ago, when 287 black freshmen enrolled. While African Americans make up 28 percent of the college-age population in South Carolina, blacks make up only 7 percent of the first-year enrollments at the state's flagship university. (click to read more)

African Development Bank Program Aims to Increase the Number of Rwandan Women in the Sciences
In the African nation of Rwanda, girls make up nearly half of the total enrollments at the high school level. But only 14 percent of the students in higher education in Rwanda are women. A new program funded by the African Development Bank is aiming to increase the number of women studying in science and technology disciplines. (click to read more)

Cornell University Reports Sharp Increase in Black Freshmen
Cornell University reports that there are 209 African-American freshmen on campus this fall, up from 172 last year. (click to read more)

Notre Dame Scholar Wins Book Award From the American Political Science Association
Christian Davenport, a professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, received the award for best book on race, ethnicity, and politics from the American Political Science Association. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Etta B. Stinson Williamson, the oldest graduate of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, died last month at the age of 106. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Amber Hunter • Valerie Williams • James W. Harrington Jr. • Sean L. Huddleston • Beatrice Forniss • Neil Henry • William S. Kisaalita (click to read more)

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Penn State Scholar to Lead the University of Belize
Cary F. Fraser, an associate professor of African and African-American studies at Pennsylvania State University, was named president of the University of Belize in Central America. The university has about 4,000 undergraduate students. (click to read more)

New Law School Scholarship Honors the First Blackā€ˆFederal Judge in Arkansas
The William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has established a new scholarship program to honor George Howard Jr., the first African-American federal judge in Arkansas. (click to read more)

Illinois Launches Official Investigation of Racial Disparities in Education and Other Facets of Life
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation creating the Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African-American Community. The commission will conduct research on racial disparities in healthcare, employment, education, housing, and criminal justice. (click to read more)

Two African-American Scholars to Lead New Institute on Civic Engagement and Governance
Dianne M. Pinderhughes, a professor of African studies and a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, was named co-chair of the Civic Engagement and Governance Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington. Sharing director duties will be Kurt L. Schmoke, the former mayor of Baltimore who is currently dean of the Howard University School of Law. (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
Sade Kosoko-Lasaki • Theodore R. Life Jr. • Carolyn Mosley • Brenda Y. Cartwright (click to read more)

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University of Kentucky • Parsons The New School for Design (click to read more)

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