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Nearly Half a Million African Americans Earned Degrees in the 2008-09 Academic Year
The U.S. Department of Education has released preliminary data on degree attainments during the 2008-09 academic year. That year more than 467,000 African Americans were awarded higher education degrees. (click to read more)

Low-Income Students in New Jersey Face a Cut in State Tuition Grants
The state of New Jersey supplies Tuition Aid Grants to low-income students to help them pay for college. Funding for the program was increased by 18 percent this year to $294 million. But the number of students eligible for the program has increased to such a degree that the maximum grant has been reduced. (click to read more)

Historically Black Virginia State University Takes on the High Price of Textbooks
A recent survey by Public Agenda found that the high cost of textbooks is one reason that many students drop out of college and graduate school. The Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State University has entered into an agreement to provide electronic books that will significantly reduce student costs. Under the agreement with Flat World Knowledge Inc., students will be able to receive all course materials in digital format for $20 per course. (click to read more)

Allstate Insurance Aims to Raise Money for UNCF Scholarships
This month the Allstate Insurance Company is donating $5 to the United Negro College Fund for each automobile insurance quote issued at its website or through participating Allstate agents. The company hopes to raise $100,000 which will be earmarked for UNCF scholarships. (click to read more)

The First Black Major General of the Virginia Army National Guard Holds Two Degrees in Electrical Engineering
Frank E. Batts Sr. is the first African American to reach the rank of major general in the Virginia Army National Guard. General Batts is commander of the 29th Infantry Division, based at Fort Belvoir. He served in Afghanistan from May 2004 to April 2005. General Batts is a graduate of the ROTC program at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. (click to read more)

Emerson College, Which Recently Has Been Accused of Racism in Faculty Hiring, Chooses an African-American President
In the Spring 2009 issue of JBHE, we reported on allegations of racism in tenuring decisions at Emerson College in Boston. Earlier this year a three-member panel issued a report that said it could find no overt racism in faculty hiring. This past week, Emerson College announced that in July 2011, M. Lee Pelton will become president of the college. Pelton will be the college's first black president. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Cecilia Myrick, university professor and author, died late month in her sleep from a brain aneurysm. She was 59 years old. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
E. R. Braithwaite • Ayo Coly (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Tougaloo College • North Carolina Central University • University of South Carolina • Delaware State University • Alabama State University (click to read more)
We Want to Hear Your Views
JBHE now features an interactive poll at Please visit the site and take part in our weekly poll on an important issue of concern to African Americans in higher education. (click to cast your vote)

Blacks Make Up a Tiny Percentage of Applicants to U.S. Veterinary Schools
Twenty-five of the nation's 28 veterinary schools use the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges' Veterinary Medical College Application Service. The data for applicants for the 25 schools that participate in the common application service shows that in 2010 there were 113 black applicants to veterinary school. They made up 1.84 percent of all applicants. (click to read more)

Tutu Teaching at Sea
Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of the Anglican Church in Cape Town, South Africa, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is spending the fall semester aboard the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship that houses the Semester at Sea program. The University of Virginia serves as academic adviser to the Semester at Sea program and appoints the 37-member faculty. (click to read more)

The University of the District of Columbia Is No Longer Just a Commuter College
The historically black University of the District of Columbia has been exclusively a commuter school. But this semester the first college housing has opened. A group of two-bedroom apartments in a building across the street from the main campus is now occupied by about 90 UDC students. (click to read more)

The Higher Education of Iowa's First Black Female Judge
Last month, Romonda Belcher-Ford was named district judge in Polk County, Iowa. She is the first black woman to serve in a judicial position in the state of Iowa. She is a graduate of Howard University and the Drake Law School. (click to read more)

Northwestern University Creates New Scholarship Program for Graduates of City High Schools
Northwestern University, the high-ranking research university in Evanston, Illinois, has launched its "Good Neighbor, Great University" financial aid program. Under the new plan, graduates of Evanston or Chicago city high schools will be eligible for increased financial aid packages. Large percentages of students at these city high schools are black. (click to read more)

New Major Debuts at Historically Black South Carolina State University
South Carolina State University, the historically black educational institution in Orangeburg, is offering a new major in communications. The program will be under the auspices of the Department of English and Modern Languages. (click to read more)

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

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Timothy Blackwell • Maxine Adegbola • Roland Corvington • Anayochukwu Ezeigbo • Melissa Shivers • Henderson Hill • Derek Horne • Robert Martin Screen (click to read more)

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