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The Huge Racial Gap in Poverty Rates
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 2010, 10,675,000 African Americans were living in poverty. This is 27.4 percent of the total African-American population. The poverty rate for non-Hispanic white Americans in 2010 was 9.9 percent. (click to read more)

The Persisting Racial Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination
In 2011, 215,816 African-American high school seniors took the SAT college entrance examination. The mean score for blacks on the combined critical reading and mathematical portions of the SAT was 855. The mean score for whites on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT was 1063. (click to read more)

University of Wisconsin Defends Its Admissions Program
The Center for Equal Opportunity in Falls Church, Virginia, recently released a report claiming that black students are given an unfair advantage in the admissions process at the University of Wisconsin. The university responded with a statement defending their admissions process. (click to read more)

The Continuing Saga of Africana Studies at Cornell University
Peter Lepage, the Howard Tanner Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, has named two senior associate deans of the College of Arts and Sciences as co-directors of the Africana Studies and Research Center for at least the 2011-12 academic year. Elizabeth Adkins Reagan, a professor of psychology, and David R. Harris, a professor of sociology, will direct the center in addition to their other roles. (click to read more)

Urban Affairs Association Moves to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
The Urban Affairs Association is a 40-year-old international professional organization for scholars in the urban studies field. The organization has moved its headquarters from the University of Delaware to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (click to read more)

Jackson State University Opens Commercial Art Gallery
Jackson State University in Mississippi recently opened a commercial art gallery near the university. In addition to showing art from the university's permanent collection, Gallery 1 will display local and national artists. (click to read more)

University of Michigan Program Brings African Scholars to Ann Arbor
The African Presidential Scholars Program at the University of Michigan brings a group of African academics to campus each year to teach and conduct research. The stated goals of the program are to help the next generation of African scholars link up with international academic networks and to bring talented African faculty to the University of Michigan to collaborate in research, scholarship, and teaching. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
D. Bruce Campbell Jr. • William A. Deese • Walter A. Robinson • Cynthia Nance • Bettye M. Clark • Theri Pickens • Monika Shealey (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Morehouse School of Medicine • Thurgood Marshall College Fund • University of Maryland Baltimore County • Texas Southern University (click to read more)

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Ruth Simmons Stepping Down as President of Brown University
Ruth J. Simmons, the 18th president of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, is stepping down as president at the end of the academic year. She is the first and only African American to lead an Ivy League university. (click to read more)

John Garland to Step Down From Presidency of Central State University
John W. Garland, president of Central State University, has announced he will step down at the end of the academic year next June. Central State University is a historically black educational institution in Wilberforce, Ohio. (click to read more)

St. Augustine's College to Offer Classes in Chinese
St. Augustine's College, the historically black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, will now offer Chinese language courses in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University. The institute will provide an instructor for classes at St. Augustine's and a fund for supporting language classes and cultural events. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Walter D. Clark, dean of enrollment management and judicial affairs at Roxbury Community College in Boston, died at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts, after suffering a heart attack. He was 59 years old. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Beatrice Mtetwa • Malik S. Henfield • Andrea Dennis LaVigne (click to read more)

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