Archive for December, 2014

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

A decade ago in 2004, only two of the nation’s highest-ranked universities had incoming classes that were more than 10 percent Black. This year there are eight. This is a major sign of progress for African Americans at our top universities.

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.

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.

Fort Valley State University Puts Out the Welcome Mat for Dropouts

Fort Valley State University Puts Out the Welcome Mat for Dropouts

Former students who did not complete their degree will be mailed postcards encouraging them to return to campus. A special website has been creating for the Recruit Back program and former students will also be contacted through social media.

New Agriculture Research Facilty Slated for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

New Agriculture Research Facilty Slated for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has purchased a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and a 2,300-square-foot farmhouse adjacent to a 365-acre tract of farmland purchased in 2013.

Dillard University to Offer Its First Online Course

Dillard University to Offer Its First Online Course

Dillard University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, will be offering its first online course during the spring 2015 semester: “Principles of Disease Prevention and Control.”

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

At none of the 15 highest-ranked law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent. Harvard Law School ranks first with Black enrollments of 8.7 percent.

Danielle Allen Will Join the Faculty at Harvard University

Danielle Allen Will Join the Faculty at Harvard University

In 2007, Dr. Allen was named the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She was the first African American named to the permanent faculty at the Institute.

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2013

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2013

According to the National Science Foundation, there were 18 academic fields where none of the doctorates awarded in 2013 went to an African American. More than 1,800 doctorates were awarded in these fields.

Helen Giles-Gee Leaves Presidency of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Helen Giles-Gee Leaves Presidency of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Dr. Giles-Gee became the 22nd president of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in July 2012. She was the first woman and the first African American president in the nearly 200-year history of the university.

Black Youth With Educated Parents May Be More Likely to Be at Risk for Depression

Black Youth With Educated Parents May Be More Likely to Be at Risk for Depression

Generally, a high degree of parental education has been found to reduce the risk for depression among youths. But this study finds that the general wisdom does not hold true for Black youth.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Names a New Provost

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Names a New Provost

Patrick R. Liverpool was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs. He has served as interim provost since July. He is the former dean of the School of Management at Delaware State University.

University Study Finds Significant Reductions in Racial Health Care Disparities

University Study Finds Significant Reductions in Racial Health Care Disparities

The study, by researchers at Brown and the University of Pittsburgh, examined 12 million acute care hospitalizations for patients who had a heart attack, heart failure, or suffered from pneumonia and compared treatments received by patients by race and ethnicity.

Arkansas Baptist College on the Road to Recovery

Arkansas Baptist College on the Road to Recovery

When Fitz Hill was named president of Arkansas Baptist College in 2006, the school enrolled only 128 students and it was in danger of losing its accreditation. Today there are 901 students enrolled.

Ursula Robinson Honored at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival

Ursula Robinson Honored at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival

Ursula O. Robinson, an associate professor of visual and performing arts at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, was honored for the writing of her one-woman show.

Howard University Enters Partnership With Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Howard University Enters Partnership With Monumental Sports & Entertainment

The company will provide internships for students in Howard University’s sports management program and will offer group ticket discounts to the Howard community for games of the Washington Wizards, Capitals, and Mystics.

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Stephen L. McDaniel at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Almeta E. Cooper at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and Kennith Inge at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

New Clothing Company Offers Chic Collegiate Apparel for HBCU Students

New Clothing Company Offers Chic Collegiate Apparel for HBCU Students

Chicer Collegiate is a new apparel line focused on historically Black colleges and universities. Its first contract for licensed products is with Morehouse College in Atlanta.

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.

Tennessee State University Launches Education Effort to Benefit Seniors

Tennessee State University Launches Education Effort to Benefit Seniors

Under the agreement, the Tennessee State University Footprint Collaborative will develop lifelong learning programs that include classes on civic education and duties, oral history, technology, and community gardening.

Michael Young Retiring From the University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Young Retiring From the University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Young , vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has announced that he will retire on January 31, 2015. He has been on the staff at the university since 1990.

The Second Cohort of Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows

The Second Cohort of Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows

Participants must be African natives with a terminal degree in their field who currently are teaching at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. Sixty African faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities are in the current group of fellows.

Four Black Women Earn Ph.D.s in Chemistry at Jackson State University

Four Black Women Earn Ph.D.s in Chemistry at Jackson State University

Over the past 11 years, 23 African Americans have earned chemistry Ph.D.s at Jackson State University, or 2.1 per year. This is the second highest rate for African American Ph.D.s in the field in the United States.

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.

Racial Slur Written on a Birthday Cake at the University of Maryland

Racial Slur Written on a Birthday Cake at the University of Maryland

A birthday cake was presented to a member of the Delta Gama sorority at the University of Maryland. Written on the stand supporting the cake was a racial slur. Photographs of the cake were posted on Instagram.

Doctoral Degree Awards by HBCUs in 2013

Doctoral Degree Awards by HBCUs in 2013

The report shows that 396 doctorates were awarded by historically Black colleges and universities in 2013. Howard University in Washington, D.C., led the HBCUs, granting 96 doctoral degrees in 2013.

University of Pennsylvania Student From Zimbabwe Wins Rhodes Scholarship

University of Pennsylvania Student From Zimbabwe Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Rutendo Chigora, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in international relations and political science, has been selected as one of the two Rhodes Scholars from the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Pew Research Center Study Shows a Widening Racial Wealth Gap

Pew Research Center Study Shows a Widening Racial Wealth Gap

A widening racial wealth gap impedes the ability of Black families to pay for the college education of their children and grandchildren. Since the Great Recession, the racial wealth gap has expanded significantly.

Howard College of Dentistry Dean Leo Rouse Announces His Retirement

Howard College of Dentistry Dean Leo Rouse Announces His Retirement

Dr. Rouse will continue as dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry for the remainder of the current academic year and then take a one semester sabbatical before retiring next December.

Greatest Gains in Black Educational Progress Occurred After Major Wars

Greatest Gains in Black Educational Progress Occurred After Major Wars

A new study by John Rury, a professor of education at the University of Kansas and Derrick Darby a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, finds that the educational prospects for African Americans improved dramatically immediately after three major wars.

The New Provost at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina

The New Provost at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Yvonne Moore Coston was promoted to provost and vice president of academic affairs at Saint Augustine’s University. She was serving as vice president for research and innovation at the university.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

There are 74 Black first-year students at Amherst this fall. They make up 15.8 percent of the first-year class. This is largest percentage of Black first-year students at any of the high-ranking liberal arts colleges in the 21 years that JBHE has conducted this survey.

State Audit Paints a Bleak Future for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

State Audit Paints a Bleak Future for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

A report from the auditor general found escalating debt, falling revenues, and declining enrollments. The good news is that Cheyney is already taking steps to cut costs, increase enrollments, and improve retention and graduation rates.

University of North Dakota Honors One of Its Early Black Students

University of North Dakota Honors One of Its Early Black Students

In 1924, Era Bell Thompson enrolled at the University of North Dakota as a track and field athlete. After college, she became a journalist and eventually was one of the top editors at Ebony magazine.