|The Large Gender Gap in African-American Degree Awards
Last week the JBHE Weekly Bulletin reported preliminary data on the number of degrees earned by African Americans in the 2008-09 academic year. This week we look at the gender disparity in degree awards to blacks. (click to read more)
The Persisting Racial Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination
In 2010, 196,961 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 857. This was a two-point improvement from a year ago. The mean score for whites on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT was 1064, 207 points higher than the mean score for blacks.
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The Ongoing Saga of the Fisk University Art Collection
For several years now, Fisk University, the historically black educational institution in Nashville, has been trying to sell all or part of its 101-piece Stieglitz Collection, which was donated to the university by artist Georgia O'Keeffe. The collection is valued at about $75 million. But a stipulation in the O'Keeffe gift says that the collection cannot be sold and must be displayed. (click to read more)
Penn Economists Find a Large Drop in the Racial Happiness Gap
Economists at the University of Pennsylvania have found that African Americans in the United States have become significantly more happy than was the case in the 1970s. The study found that blacks, in general, remain less happy than whites but that the gap has narrowed significantly by about 40 percent. (click to read more)
The Higher Education of the First Black Woman Named to a Maryland Appeals Court
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley recently appointed Michele D. Hotten to the Court of Special Appeals for the Fourth Appellate Circuit. Judge Hotten is the first African-American woman to hold a seat on any appeals court in the state of Maryland. (click to read more)
Howard University Partners With Government of Bermuda to Provide Medical and Psychiatric Services
The department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C., has entered into an agreement with the island of Bermuda. Under the agreement, Howard University will provide consultation services to psychiatrists in Bermuda. (click to read more)
Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
E. D'Wayne Robinson • Debra Matthews • Maria Arvelo Lumpkin • Doria Kathy Stitts • Patricia Williams Lessane • Malverse A. Nicholson Jr • La Vonne I. Neal • Brenda Priestly Jackson • Ansel Brown • Adrian L. Jackson (click to read more)
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Enrollment Declines Could Produce Budget Shortfalls at HBCUs in Mississippi
This fall, enrollments at the eight state-operated universities in Mississippi are up 4.1 percent from a year ago. The eight universities now enroll a record 76,736 students. The rising enrollments produce greater tuition revenues, which will help these universities deal with shrinking appropriations from the state government. However, two of the eight universities in the system saw a decline in enrollments. And both universities that experienced a drop in attending students are historically black institutions.
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Should Money Be Spent to Restore a House Where Langston Hughes Once Rented a Room?
The Cleveland Landmarks Commission wants to designate as a historic landmark an 1890s home where Langston Hughes rented a room. The African-American poet lived in the home when he was a high school student. The home is referred to in several of Hughes' poems. It is estimated that it would cost at least $100,000 to restore the home. (click to read more)
For the First Time, the Entering Class at the University of Texas Is Less Than Half White: But Black Enrollments Still Far From Parity With State's Black Population
For the first time in its history, the University of Texas at Austin has an entering first-year class that is less than one half non-Hispanic white. This year, non-Hispanic whites make up 47.6 percent of the entering class. (click to read more)
Tuskegee University Among Group of 11 American Educational Institutions Receiving Grants for Development Projects in Africa
The U.S. Agency for International Development and Higher Education for Development, a Washington-based consortium of educational associations, have issued grants of up to $1.1 million to 11 U.S. universities for projects involving development in Africa. Each American university will work with a partner university in Africa. Tuskegee University in Alabama is the only historically black university taking part in the project. (click to read more)
Ronald W. Walters, civil rights activist, columnist, author, and educator, has died at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after a battle with cancer. He was 72 years old. (click to read more)
Honors and Awards
Grants and Gifts
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff • Central State University • Harvard University's Committee on African Studies • University of Maryland Eastern Shore • Cornell University (click to read more)
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