Archive for December, 2013

Claflin University Gears Up Its Online Offerings

Claflin University Gears Up Its Online Offerings

The HBCUs in Orangeburg, South Carolina, will offer 35 online courses this coming summer. In the fall, three degrees programs will be available fully online.

Carnegie Mellon Scholar Named to Board of a Major Foundation

Carnegie Mellon Scholar Named to Board of a Major Foundation

Jendayi E. Frazer, Distinguished Public Service Professor and director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation at Carnegie Mellon, was elected to the board of directors of the MasterCard Foundation.

Faculty Senate at Arkansas Baptist College Calls for Ouster of President

Faculty Senate at Arkansas Baptist College Calls for Ouster of President

Arkansas Baptist College, the historically Black educational institution in Little Rock, has not been able to pay its faculty since November 1. The faculty is calling for the president to be fired.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Five African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

The appointees are Patricia A. Johnson at Lehigh University, Crystal Crockett at Virginia Tech, Ryann Randall at Ohio State, Joseph Taylor at Virginia Union University, and Andre Warner at The Lincoln University.

Racial Slurs Found in the Library at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

Racial Slurs Found in the Library at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

Vandals wrote racial slurs on book covers, walls, and desks in the African American studies section of the library at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II Resigns

Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II Resigns

Dr. Brown has led Alcorn State since 2010. Earlier in his career, he was provost at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennesee, and dean of education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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

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.

HBCUs Come to the Big Apple

HBCUs Come to the Big Apple

The Seventh Annual Big Apple Classic took place in New York City, pitting Virginia Union University against Virginia State University and Howard University against Delaware State University.

The University of Pennsylvania's Major Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

The University of Pennsylvania’s Major Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

Since the year 2000, the percentage of all faculty at Penn who were racial or ethnic minorities increased from 12.8 percent to 20.5 percent. But President Amy Gutmann says, “We still have more work to do.”

Guide Names Its Choices of the Best Law Schools for Blacks

Guide Names Its Choices of the Best Law Schools for Blacks

The Black Student’s Guide To Law Schools lists Harvard Law School as the top law school for Blacks. Stanford University and the University of Chicago rank second and third. In fourth place is the law school at historically Black Howard University.

Trinity College Students Build Grinding Mills at a Refugee Camp in Uganda

Trinity College Students Build Grinding Mills at a Refugee Camp in Uganda

In the past farmers at the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Uganda, home to about 250,000 people, had to walk six hours with 100-pound bags of grain to access a facility that could turn their crops into food.

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.

After Campus Protests, the University of Cincinnati Boosts Diversity Efforts

After Campus Protests, the University of Cincinnati Boosts Diversity Efforts

When the University of Cincinnati’s only African American dean resigned his post, students protested the lack of diversity on campus. The university has taken some steps to address the issue.

Clemson University and Usher's New Look Foundation Work to Reduce Dropout Rates

Clemson University and Usher’s New Look Foundation Work to Reduce Dropout Rates

The partnership will develop high school courses on popular culture that will prepare students for careers in the music industry and increase interest in education so they will complete high school.

Texas Tech Partners With the National University of Equatorial Guinea

Texas Tech Partners With the National University of Equatorial Guinea

The nation of Equitorial Guinea is now the third largest producer of oil in Africa and is looking for international partners to develop its petroleum industry, agricultural sector, educational system, and tourism.

Spelman College President Receives Academic Leadership Award From the Carnegie Corporation

Spelman College President Receives Academic Leadership Award From the Carnegie Corporation

Beverly Daniel Tatum is the first college or university president in the state of Georgia and the first president of a historically Black college or university to win the award. The award comes with a $500,000 grant.

Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach in the U.S.

Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach in the U.S.

In 2011-12, there were 1,887 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching in the U.S. This is down from 2,750 just four years ago. Nigeria sent 315 scholars to teach in the U.S., the most of any sub-Saharan African nation.

No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Doctoral Degrees

No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in Doctoral Degrees

In 2012, African Americans earned 2,079 doctoral degrees. This was 6.3 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. In 2002, African Americans also earned 6.3 percent of all doctoral degrees.

Study Finds Limited Success for Faculty Diversity Efforts at U.S. Medical Schools

Study Finds Limited Success for Faculty Diversity Efforts at U.S. Medical Schools

A new study by researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, finds that the faculty diversity efforts established in recent years at U.S. medical schools have had only limited success.

Yale University Authenticates Account of a Nineteenth-Century Black Prison Inmate

Yale University Authenticates Account of a Nineteenth-Century Black Prison Inmate

Yale University has announced that researchers have determined that a manuscript acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2009 is the earliest known memoir written by an African American prison inmate.

Many Black Women College Students Are Hesitant About Breastfeeding Their Future Children

Many Black Women College Students Are Hesitant About Breastfeeding Their Future Children

Dr. Urmeka Jefferson of the University of Missouri surveyed African American women college students on their attitudes toward breastfeeding and whether they intended to breastfeed their infants if and when they had children.

STEM Alliance of Washington-Area HBCUs Is Producing Results

STEM Alliance of Washington-Area HBCUs Is Producing Results

The Washington-Baltimore-Hampton-Roads Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a consortium of universities that is working to increase opportunities for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

University of Vermont Sociologist Gets an Important New Assignment

University of Vermont Sociologist Gets an Important New Assignment

Moustapha Diouf, an associate professor of sociology, has been named a special adviser to the prime minister of his native Senegal and president of a $540 million development fund.

Xavier University to Offer a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Xavier University to Offer a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Xavier University of Louisiana has entered into an agreement with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for the establishment of a doctoral program in clinical psychology in the fall of 2014.

Tricia Rose to Hold the 2014 Lund-Gill Chair at Dominican University

Tricia Rose to Hold the 2014 Lund-Gill Chair at Dominican University

For the spring semester, Professor Tricia Rose will be on leave from her post as professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

HBCU Teams Up With the Army Corps of Engineers

HBCU Teams Up With the Army Corps of Engineers

The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff has signed an agreement to establish and participate in STEM enrichment programs, research projects, and paid internships for university students.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Higher Education Posts

Five African Americans Appointed to New Higher Education Posts

The new appointees are Rodney McClendon at the University of California, Riverside, Georj Lewis at Armstrong Atlantic State, Jacqueline Jenkins at LIM College, Ingrid Hayes at Spelman College and Jerryl Briggs at Mississippi Valley State.

Two African Americans Are Finalists for Dean of Libraries at West Virginia University

Two African Americans Are Finalists for Dean of Libraries at West Virginia University

Jon E. Cawthorne is the associate dean for public services and assessment at Florida State University Libraries and Janice Welburn is dean of University Libraries at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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

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.

Two HBCUs Removed From Accreditation Probation

Two HBCUs Removed From Accreditation Probation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has lifted the probation of accreditation at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

In Memoriam: Wesley Cornelious McClure, 1942-2013

In Memoriam: Wesley Cornelious McClure, 1942-2013

Wesley McClure, the ninth president of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, died on December 6 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was 71 years old.

Significant Progress in Black Graduation Rates at Flagship State Universities

Significant Progress in Black Graduation Rates at Flagship State Universities

Every year since JBHE has tracked graduation rates for Black students, the University of Virginia has had the highest graduation rate for African Americans. But other flagship universities have narrowed the gap.

The History of Tennessee State University

The History of Tennessee State University

Bobby L. Lovett who served on the faculty of the history department at Tennessee State University in Nashville from 1973 to 2011, has written a masterful account of the university’s history.

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.