Archive for November, 2014

Spelman College and Bill Cosby

Spelman College and Bill Cosby

Spelman College has had a special relationship with Bill Cosby and his wife Camille. More than 25 years ago, the Cosbys made a $20 million donation to Spelman College. Two Cosby children attended Spelman.

Florida A&M University Announces Fundraising Success

Florida A&M University Announces Fundraising Success

Since June of this year, the university has received more than $3 million in cash donations, nearly triple the amount from a year ago. In addition, the university has received nearly $4 million in pledges during the period.

UCLA Honors Jackie Robinson

UCLA Honors Jackie Robinson

The University of California, Los Angeles is retiring Jackie Robinson’s #42 for all men’s and women’s sports. It also renamed its sports and recreation complex in Robinson’s honor.

Harris-Stowe State University Enters HBCU-China Scholarship Program

Harris-Stowe State University Enters HBCU-China Scholarship Program

The historically Black educational institution in St. Louis, has announced that it has joined the China Education Association for International Exchange and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Pilot Network.

The New CEO of Howard University Hospital

The New CEO of Howard University Hospital

Sandra Austin was appointed chief executive officer at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She has been serving as managing director of Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare Industry Group.

For the Fifth Year in a Row, Delaware State University Reports Record Enrollments

For the Fifth Year in a Row, Delaware State University Reports Record Enrollments

This fall there are 4,644 students on campus, up from last’s year record of 4,505. There are 894 first-year students on campus this fall. The 4,259 undergraduates students on campus is also a new record.

President of The Lincoln University Steps Down

President of The Lincoln University Steps Down

Robert R. Jennings came under fire for comments about rape that were deemed offensive by many listeners. Earlier he was the subject of no confidence motions by the alumni association and the university’s faculty.

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.

A Treasure Trove of Early Photographs of Black Residents of Worcester, Massachusetts

A Treasure Trove of Early Photographs of Black Residents of Worcester, Massachusetts

Jannette Greenwood, a professor of history at Clark University and historian Frank Morrill have made great progress in determining the identities of African Americans in 200 photos taken between 1894 and 1914.

Bennett College Professor Heads to Washington

Bennett College Professor Heads to Washington

Alma Adams, a grandmother who has served as a professor of art at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the past 40 years, was a landslide winner for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Ronald Dellums Is Teaching at Howard University

Congressman Ronald Dellums Is Teaching at Howard University

Ronald V. Dellums, who served for 13 terms in the U.S House of Representatives and as mayor of the city of Oakland, California, was named as the Cosby Scholar at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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.

Tuskegee University Announces a Year-Long Celebration of Its Founder

Tuskegee University Announces a Year-Long Celebration of Its Founder

Tuskegee University has announced a year-long celebration that will culminate on November 14, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the death of its founder Booker T. Washington. The year-long tribute will include lectures, community outreach activities, and symposia.

North Carolina Central University Executive to Chair National Board

North Carolina Central University Executive to Chair National Board

Walter Davenport, interim vice chancellor for administration and finance at North Carolina Central University in Durham, was elected chair of the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

A New Dean at Alcorn State University in Mississippi

A New Dean at Alcorn State University in Mississippi

Ivory W. Lyles is the new dean of the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied Sciences. He was associate vice president for agriculture and director of extension at the University of Arkansas.

Tracking Black Student Graduation Rates at HBCUs

Tracking Black Student Graduation Rates at HBCUs

At half the HBCUs in our survey, the Black student graduation rate is 34 percent or lower. There are seven HBCUs in our survey where less than one in five entering Black students earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.

Affirmative Action Lawsuits Filed Against Harvard and the University of North Carolina

Affirmative Action Lawsuits Filed Against Harvard and the University of North Carolina

A group calling itself Students for Fair Admissions has filed federal civil rights lawsuits claiming that both institutions have practiced racial discrimination in their undergraduate admissions policies and procedures.

Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2013-14 academic year, there were 31,113 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. They made up 3.5 percent of the 886,052 foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities.

Gloria Gibson Named Provost at Morgan State University

Gloria Gibson Named Provost at Morgan State University

Dr. Gibson has been serving as a professor of communications studies at the University of Northern Iowa. She served as executive vice president and provost at the university until June of this year. She begins her new job on January 5.

Why Discrimination Persists in the "Post-Racial Society"

Why Discrimination Persists in the “Post-Racial Society”

The authors of the report from the Perception Institute conclude that although many people are not outwardly racist, they continue to harbor racist stereotypes that impact their behavior.

African American Graduate Enrollments Hold Steady

African American Graduate Enrollments Hold Steady

In 2013, there were 176,208 fewer African American students enrolled in all levels higher education than was the case in 2011. But in graduate schools, African American enrollments continue to edge upward.

Three Books Nominated for African Poetry Prize

Three Books Nominated for African Poetry Prize

The African Poetry Book Fund, in conjunction with Prairie Schooner, the literary journal published by the University of Nebraska, has announced three finalists for the inaugural Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry.

Prairie View A&M University Redefines Its Mission

Prairie View A&M University Redefines Its Mission

After a two-year review process involving students, faculty, staff, and alumni, Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black educational institution in Texas, has announced that it has formulated a new mission statement to better identify its core values.

Lenard Moore Wins the 2014 North Carolina Award in Literature

Lenard Moore Wins the 2014 North Carolina Award in Literature

Lenard Moore has been on the faculty at the University of Mount Olive since 2005. In 2008, Moore became the first Southerner and the first African American to be elected as president of the Haiku Society of America.

North Carolina Central University Recognized for Promoting Diversity in the History Profession

North Carolina Central University Recognized for Promoting Diversity in the History Profession

The history department at historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham is celebrating its 75th anniversary and recently won the 2014 Equity Award from the American Historical Association.

Honors for Four Black Scholars

Honors for Four Black Scholars

The honorees at Tanisha C. Ford of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Alfreda Brown of Kent State University in Ohio, William R. Harvey, president of Hampton University in Virginia, and Dionne Cross Francis of Indiana University.

Faculty Senate Votes "No Confidence" in Interim President at Grambling State University

Faculty Senate Votes “No Confidence” in Interim President at Grambling State University

The faculty Senate at Grambling State University has approved a resolution of “no confidence” in interim president Cynthia Warrick. The resolution calls on the University of Louisiana System to dismiss Dr. Warrick from her duties as president.

Three African American Taking on New Administrative Duties

Three African American Taking on New Administrative Duties

Breona M. Hayes at Saint Augustine’s University and Dorianne Johnson at Alcorn State University have new positions. Michael D. Williams of Clark Atlanta University was elected to the board of the American Vacuum Society.

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.

New Documentary on Smith College's First African American Graduate

New Documentary on Smith College’s First African American Graduate

A new 16-minute video documentary on the life of Otelia Cromwell was shown for the first time at Smith College during the college’s 25th celebration of Otelia Cromwell Day.

New Black Studies Course Will Fulfill Core Requirement at the University of Arkansas

New Black Studies Course Will Fulfill Core Requirement at the University of Arkansas

The African and African American studies program at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, is offering a new course, entitled “The African American Experience,” that will fulfill the general core requirement in the humanities for undergraduate students.

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.

University of Phoenix Signs Agreement to Offer Online Courses to HBCU Students

University of Phoenix Signs Agreement to Offer Online Courses to HBCU Students

Under the agreement students at Thurgood Marshall College Fund members institutions will be able to supplement their on-campus course loads with course programs using the University of Phoenix online platform.

University Program Aims to Increase the Number of Minority Graduate Students in Neuroscience

University Program Aims to Increase the Number of Minority Graduate Students in Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program at the University of Alabama Birmingham will provide support, direction, and mentoring for up to six students from underrepresented groups each year.