Archive for October, 2012

Online Publication Identifies Its Choices for the Best Law Schools for Blacks

Online Publication Identifies Its Choices for the Best Law Schools for Blacks

Harvard Law School is rated as the best for Black students. The law school at historically Black Howard University ranks second and the Georgetown University Law Center is third.

Fort Valley State University's Dual Enrollment Program

Fort Valley State University’s Dual Enrollment Program

Local high school students can take college courses on campus or online and receive credits that can be applied to both their high school diploma and their college degree.

Newsletter on Diversity Issues Established at Wayne State University

Newsletter on Diversity Issues Established at Wayne State University

The newsletter project is under the director of Christopher Jones, director of equal opportunity at Wayne State.

CUNY Scholar to Be Honored by the American Historical Association

CUNY Scholar to Be Honored by the American Historical Association

Herman L. Bennett is a historian who specializes in the African presence in colonial Latin America.

Refurbished African Art Gallery Opens at the University of Illinois

Refurbished African Art Gallery Opens at the University of Illinois

Five iPads are mounted throughout the gallery that display videos featuring interviews with artists whose works are on display or other informational videos relating to the artwork shown.

Tulane University Professor Debuts New Website Focusing on Black Health

Tulane University Professor Debuts New Website Focusing on Black Health

Dr. Corey Hebert’s Black Health TV website offers a wide range of videos to educate African Americans on topics such as diabetes, hypertension, nutrition, asthma, fitness, and women’s health.

New Scholarship Fund to Provide Need-Based Aid to District of Columbia College Students

New Scholarship Fund to Provide Need-Based Aid to District of Columbia College Students

Students will be eligible for up to $3,000 for community college, $7,000 at the University of the District of Columbia, and $10,000 at a private college or university in the District.

Racial Incidents Occur on Two Campuses

Racial Incidents Occur on Two Campuses

Fliers promoting White History Month were posted at Mercer University and vandals scrawled “White Power” outside the home of a Black basketball coach at Bowling Green State University.

Morehouse College Institutes Belt Tightening Measures Due to Drop in Enrollments

Morehouse College Institutes Belt Tightening Measures Due to Drop in Enrollments

Employees will have to take up to five unpaid furlough days through the remainder of the year. Other budget cuts will be made and fewer part-time faculty members will be hired for the spring semester.

Shaw University Names a New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Shaw University Names a New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Evelyn Leathers was vice president for institutional advancement at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

Pamela Haney Named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Moraine Valley Community College

Pamela Haney Named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Moraine Valley Community College

Dr. Haney has been serving as dean of science, business, and computer technology at the college. Previously she was faculty omsbud officer at the University of Nevada.

Five African Americans Named to New Positions in Higher Education

Five African Americans Named to New Positions in Higher Education

The appointees are Allen M. Jackson, Loria Brown Gordon, Lamonte Aidoo, Andrena Gaymon and Thomas Hudson.

Lincoln University Rekindles Historic Relationship With a 169-Year-Old Church

Lincoln University Rekindles Historic Relationship With a 169-Year-Old Church

Hosanna Church, near the campus of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, was built in 1843. Many of the university’s first students were members of the Hosanna congregation.

The Racial Gap in College Student Graduation Rates

The Racial Gap in College Student Graduation Rates

The data shows the overall graduation rate for White students entering college in 2005 was 60.2 percent. For Blacks, the graduation rate was 22.3 percentage points lower at 37.9 percent.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Colleges That Are Successful in Graduating Low-Income Students

Colleges That Are Successful in Graduating Low-Income Students

At Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, 71 percent of the Pell Grant students entering college in 2005 went on to earn their degree within six years. The overall graduation rate for 2005 entering students at FAU was 43 percent.

American Cancer Society Examines Trends in Death Rates From HIV by Race and Level of Education

American Cancer Society Examines Trends in Death Rates From HIV by Race and Level of Education

The use of antiretroviral drugs has had a significant impact on death rates for all racial and ethnic groups, with the largest decreases for Blacks and other minorities.

The State of Florida Sets Educational Goals by Race

The State of Florida Sets Educational Goals by Race

The state set a goal that 88 percent of White students and 74 percent of Black students meet or exceed grade-level reading standards by 2018.

University of Virginia Honors a Former Slave

University of Virginia Honors a Former Slave

Henry Martin was hired in 1847 as a janitor and to ring the university’s bell every hour. He did so until 1909.

Regions Financial Enters Partnership Deal With Six HBCUs

Regions Financial Enters Partnership Deal With Six HBCUs

The Regions HBCU Partnership includes Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, Spelman College, and Tennessee State University.

Harris-Stowe State University Announces Dual Degree Program With Saint Louis University

Harris-Stowe State University Announces Dual Degree Program With Saint Louis University

Students will study mathematics for two years and then will spend two or three years in engineering programs at Saint Louis University. Students who complete the program will receive degrees from both institutions.

Alabama A&M to Partner With the U.S. Army in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Alabama A&M to Partner With the U.S. Army in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Army will gain the expertise of engineering faculty at the university and Alabama A&M will benefit by exposing its students to advanced research in a field with extensive employment opportunities.

Howard University Offers Three New Degree Programs in Communications

Howard University Offers Three New Degree Programs in Communications

There will be a new bachelor’s degree program in media, journalism, and film and another new degree program in strategic, legal, and management communications. A new doctoral program is also planned.

Elsie Scott Is the Founding Director of the Ronald Walters Center at Howard University

Elsie Scott Is the Founding Director of the Ronald Walters Center at Howard University

From 2006 to earlier this year, Dr. Scott was president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

The Next Provost of Virginia Union University

The Next Provost of Virginia Union University

Julius Scipio has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Wendy Wilson-Fall Is the New Head of Africana Studies at Lafayette College

Wendy Wilson-Fall Is the New Head of Africana Studies at Lafayette College

She was an associate professor and chair of Pan African studies at Kent State University in Ohio and previously was the director of the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal.

Checking the Progress of Black Faculty at the University of Missouri

Checking the Progress of Black Faculty at the University of Missouri

The flagship campus of the University of Missouri at Columbia reports that in 2011 there were 51 Black faculty members on campus. This was one fewer than in 2006.

The Leader of the New Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the College of William and Mary

The Leader of the New Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the College of William and Mary

Chon Glover has been on the staff at the college in Williamsburg, Virginia, for the past 16 years, serving most recently as assistant to the president for diversity and community initiatives.

LSU's Sandra McGuire Named a Fellow of CLADEA

LSU’s Sandra McGuire Named a Fellow of CLADEA

The assistant vice chancellor and a professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was named a fellow of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations.

In Memoriam: Andrew Felton Brimmer Jr. 1926-2012

In Memoriam: Andrew Felton Brimmer Jr. 1926-2012

The son of a sharecropper, he was the first African American to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He also taught at Harvard Business School and chaired the board of trustees at Tuskegee University for 28 years.

Ole Miss Shares Its Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the University's Racial Integration

Ole Miss Shares Its Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the University’s Racial Integration

The University of Mississippi has held a series of events commemorating the racial integration of the university 50 years ago.

Two African American Administrators at Kent State Earn Promotions

Two African American Administrators at Kent State Earn Promotions

Said Sewell was named assistant provost for academic affairs and Eboni Pringle was appointed interim dean of undergraduate studies.

Addressing the Racial Divide in STEM Education

Addressing the Racial Divide in STEM Education

The data suggests that attracting Black students to STEM fields is not the problem but keeping them there is a major concern.

Dinaw Mengestu and Dylan C. Penningroth Win "Genius Awards"

Dinaw Mengestu and Dylan C. Penningroth Win “Genius Awards”

Among the 23 MacArthur Foundation Fellow this year are Ethiopian-born writer Dinaw Mengestu and Northwestern University historian Dylan C. Penningroth.