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Black Students Lag Far Behind Whites in Their Level of Readiness for College-Level Curriculum
According to the latest data collected by the American College Testing Program, only 4 percent of all African-American high school seniors in 2010 who took the ACT college entrance examination met benchmarks for readiness for college-level work in English, mathematics, science, and reading. Thirty percent of white students who took the test were ready for college-level work in all four subjects. (click to read more)

Professor's Study Suggests Victim's Race May Be a Factor in Death Penalty Sentences
A new study by Michael L. Radelet, a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado, finds a strong correlation between death penalty sentences and the race of the victim. (click to read more)

Black Colleges and Universities Rank High on a List of Schools That Require Students to Take a Well-Rounded Core Curriculum
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni believes that U.S. colleges and universities should teach a basic core curriculum and move away from politically correct studies and a liberal outlook on educational issues. Each year they rate more than 700 colleges and universities on their commitment to require students to take courses that will produce a well-rounded education in core subjects. (click to read more)

Three Black Scholars Named Fletcher Fellows
In 2004 Alphonse Fletcher Jr., CEO of the Wall Street firm Fletcher Asset Management, established a $50 million endowment that funds the research of scholars, writers, and artists whose work contributes to improving race relations in the United States. This year three academics were chosen from 80 applicants to receive Fletcher Fellowships. (click to read more)

Ranking Colleges and Universities by the Extent of Racial Interaction on Campus
The Princeton Review recently published its annual 373 Best Colleges guide. Each year the Princeton Review surveys students at the colleges it features and ranks the colleges in a host of categories including best and worst dorms, food, campuses, etc. One of the survey questions ranks the schools on whether there is a lot of interaction between students of different races on campus. The school with the most interaction between the races this year is the University of Miami. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Charlie G. Spell • Pamela Carter • Debbie G. Thomas • Greg Marrow • Kevin James • Martha Bulluck • A. Ramona Brown • Karl S. Wright • William H. Robinson (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)

Howard University Students Are Participating in an Archaeological Dig at a Plantation Site That Housed 90 Slaves
Students from Howard University are participating in an archaeological dig at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, Maryland. Using surface-penetrating radar the National Park Service has located foundations of several buildings that were part of the L'Hermitage Plantation. In 1800 the plantation was home to about 90 slaves, one of the largest groups of enslaved blacks in Maryland at that time. (click to read more)

Two Physicians With Academic Ties Chosen to Lead the National Medical Association
The National Medical Association was founded in 1895 to represent the interests of African-American physicians. At its recent annual convention in Orlando, Florida, Leonard Weather Jr. was installed as the association's 111th president. (click to read more)

Dean at Alabama State University Pads Her Acting Resume
Tommie "Tonea" Stewart, professor and dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University in Montgomery, has added a new role to her impressive acting resume. She recently appeared in an episode of the TNT crime series Memphis Beat. (click to read more)

HBCU on the Cutting Edge of Nanotechnology
The new Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering has opened with its first 18 students in Greensboro, North Carolina. The new school is a cooperative effort between the University of North Carolina Greensboro and historically black North Carolina A&T State University. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
• Thomas S. Gunnings, professor emeritus in the department of psychology at Michigan State University, has died at the age of 75.
• William P. Foster, the founder of the Marching 100 band at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, has died at the age of 91. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Condoleezza Rice • Muriel A. Howard • Robert E. Efimba (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Alcorn State University • University of New Orleans • Tennessee State University • National Endowment for the Humanities (click to read more)

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