Archive for July, 2015

In Memoriam: Freddie T. Vaughns, 1950-2015

In Memoriam: Freddie T. Vaughns, 1950-2015

Dr. Vaughns joined the staff at Bowie State University in Maryland in 2003 and later became a tenured faculty member. He was appointed assistant vice president in 2008.

Sojourner-Douglass College Loses Accreditation, Files Lawsuit Against Accrediting Agency

Sojourner-Douglass College Loses Accreditation, Files Lawsuit Against Accrediting Agency

On June 30, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education revoked the accreditation of predominantly Black Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore. Now the college has filed a federal lawsuit against the accrediting body.

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.

East Carolina University Honors Its First African American Bachelor's Degree Recipient

East Carolina University Honors Its First African American Bachelor’s Degree Recipient

Laura Marie Leary earned a bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University in 1966. A scholarship named in her honor will be awarded to students who are majoring in fields where minorities have traditionally been underrepresented.

Major New Survey Effort Will Measure Higher Education's Effect on Students' Diversity Views

Major New Survey Effort Will Measure Higher Education’s Effect on Students’ Diversity Views

This fall, 100,000 students at 130 colleges and universities nationwide, will begin to participate in a four-year study that will determine how their views on issues of faith and diversity change during their time at college.

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.

CUNY's Preparatory High School Renamed to Honor Derrick Griffith

CUNY’s Preparatory High School Renamed to Honor Derrick Griffith

Dr. Griffith served as the founding principal at the Preparatory Transitional High School of the City University of New York from 2003 to 2010. He was killed in the Amtrak train wreck in Philadelphia this past May. At the time of his death, he was dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

The New Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Central Florida

The New Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Central Florida

Elizabeth A. Dooley will also hold the title of vice provost of teaching and learning at the university. Since 2009 Dr. Dooley has been associate provost for undergraduate academic affairs at West Virginia University.

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the University of Southern California finds that people in churches with congregations of more than 2,000 tend to believe that racial inequality is not due to discrimination.

Latest Data Shows Blacks Four Times as Likely as Whites To Drop Out of High School

Latest Data Shows Blacks Four Times as Likely as Whites To Drop Out of High School

According to the latest data, in 2012, 6.8 percent of the Black students enrolled in high school that year dropped out without receiving their diploma. For non-Hispanic Whites the figures was 1.6 percent.

Lawsuit Claims Black Women Basketball Players Were Placed in a Racially Hostile Environment

Lawsuit Claims Black Women Basketball Players Were Placed in a Racially Hostile Environment

Seven former women’s basketball players at the University of Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the head coach and the assistant coach created a racially hostile environment for African American players.

Deborah Johnson Is the First African American to Win the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Deborah Johnson Is the First African American to Win the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is administered by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Johnson is the first woman and the first African American to win the prize.

Thomas Isekenegbe Named President of Bronx Community College

Thomas Isekenegbe Named President of Bronx Community College

The two-year college enrolls more than 11,000 students. Blacks and Hispanics make up 93 percent of the student body. Almost all students at the college receive federal financial aid grants.

Stanford University Study Documents the Racial Gap in Neighborhood Affluence

Stanford University Study Documents the Racial Gap in Neighborhood Affluence

The research found that Black families with an income of $50,000 live in a community where the average income is $42,579. Whites with an income of $50,000 live in a community where the average income is $53,000.

The First Black Woman to Lead a University in the United Kingdom

The First Black Woman to Lead a University in the United Kingdom

Baroness Valerie Amos has been named director of SOAS at the University of London. SOAS was founded in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies and has since expanded its mission to also focus on Africa and the Middle East.

Racial Differences in the Use of Bicycle Helmets by Children

Racial Differences in the Use of Bicycle Helmets by Children

Each year, more than 3 million people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to bicycle accidents. A new study has found that among the injured children, Blacks were 62 percent less likely than Whites to have worn helmets.

African American Scholar Named Dean at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

African American Scholar Named Dean at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Lawrence T. Potter Jr. was named the next dean of the College of Arts and Science at University of La Verne in California. African Americans make up 6 percent of the student body and Latinos are nearly half of all undergraduates at the university.

Bowie State University Students Develop Technology to Aid the Homeless

Bowie State University Students Develop Technology to Aid the Homeless

Students at historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland have developed an electronic kiosk designed for use by homeless people. The kiosk provides up-to-the-minute information about the availability of space in area shelters.

Black Cultural Center at the University of Tennessee Named to Honor Twin Brothers

Black Cultural Center at the University of Tennessee Named to Honor Twin Brothers

The Friesons, both successful businessmen, recently gave $1 million to the university that will be used for academic support programs, diversity workshops, peer mentoring programs, and leadership development activities at the Black Cultural Center.

Coppin State and the University of Baltimore Form Partnership for STEM Education

Coppin State and the University of Baltimore Form Partnership for STEM Education

The partnership calls for faculty research collaboration in complementary STEM areas through shared faculty expertise and interest, shared lab facilities and equipment, and inter-institutional software licensing.

Three Black Women in New Faculty Roles at U.S. Universities

Three Black Women in New Faculty Roles at U.S. Universities

Taking on new faculty roles are Grace Wasike Namwamba at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Deana Lawson at Princeton University, and Constance Iloh at the University of California, Irvine.

Harris-Stowe State University Expands Its Academic Offerings

Harris-Stowe State University Expands Its Academic Offerings

Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri, has received approval to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in marketing beginning this fall. The university will now offer 31 different majors.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

The new appointees are Tamica Smith Jones, Tammara Durham, Cedric Gathings, Anthony L. Holloman, Geovette E. Washington, Bernadine M. Douglas, Donell Young, and Timothy Davis.

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.

Records of 4 Million Former Slaves to Soon Be Available Online

Records of 4 Million Former Slaves to Soon Be Available Online

FamilySearch, a nonprofit genealogy organization operated by the Mormon Church, has announced that it will soon make available online the millions of records of former slaves that were collected by the Freedmen’s Bureau.

Scholar Learns the Origins of the African Name of a Florida International University Building

Scholar Learns the Origins of the African Name of a Florida International University Building

The origin and the meaning of the name of the Owa Ehan building on the campus of Florida International University in Miami have been a frequent topic of discussion on campus. Now an assistant professor at the university has found the answers.

University of Minnesota Hosting 25 Mandela-Washington Fellows

University of Minnesota Hosting 25 Mandela-Washington Fellows

This summer the Center for Integrative Leadership at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is hosting a group of 25 young African leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute.

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.