Archive for September, 2016

Appointments of African Americans to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Appointments of African Americans to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of news of African Americans who have been appointed to administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Historians Recommend Reconstruction Era Sites for Inclusion in National Parks System

Historians Recommend Reconstruction Era Sites for Inclusion in National Parks System

Possible sites relating to the Reconstruction period that could be include in the park system, according to the authors of a new study, are Vicksburg and Natchez in Mississippi, New Orleans, and Memphis.

Spelman College President Reports on Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault

Spelman College President Reports on Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault

Last May, allegations that a Spelman College student was gang raped by four students from nearby Morehouse College were published on an anonymous Twitter account. Now Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell has reported on measures the college has taken to combat sexual assault on campus.

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.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Syracuse University Outlines New Diversity Initiatives

Syracuse University Outlines New Diversity Initiatives

Syracuse University in New York has announced a series of new initiatives aimed at further enhancing campus diversity. One important development is that of the 70 new full-time faculty members hired for the 2016-17 academic year, 31, or 44 percent are faculty of color.

Richmond Honors Virginia Union University Students Who Protested Jim Crow

Richmond Honors Virginia Union University Students Who Protested Jim Crow

On February 22, 1960, 34 students from Virginia Union University were arrested for staging a sit-in at a segregated lunchcounter of a downtown department store. The city has now honored this group with a historical marker.

New Mentoring Program for First-Year Students at Youngstown State University

New Mentoring Program for First-Year Students at Youngstown State University

Seventeen first-year students from underrepresented groups will be the first cohort of Navarro Executive Fellows. They will be paired with a mentor from the university’s leadership team.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Partners With a Medical University in Taiwan

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Partners With a Medical University in Taiwan

The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne has entered into an agreement with the Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan. The agreement calls for academic exchanges and study abroad opportunities.

Universities Take Steps to Remove Symbols That Many African Americans Found Offensive

Universities Take Steps to Remove Symbols That Many African Americans Found Offensive

The University of Texas removed an inscription from a wall that paid tribute to those who fought for the Confederacy and Cornell University renamed its 3,500-acre Cornell Plantations to the Cornell Botanic Gardens.

Georgetown University Examines Its Ties to the Slave Trade

Georgetown University Examines Its Ties to the Slave Trade

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., announced that a memorial to slaves who were sold by the university in 1838 would be built on campus. Also preferential treatment in university admissions will be given to the descendants of the university’s former slaves.

A Major Crisis in College Readiness for Black Students

A Major Crisis in College Readiness for Black Students

Some 34 percent of Whites who took the ACT test were deemed college ready in all four areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science. For Blacks, only 6 percent of all test takers were deemed college ready in all four areas.

Race and Rural Location Impact Black Students' Access to College

Race and Rural Location Impact Black Students’ Access to College

Interviews with African Americans in rural high schools found that students overwhelmingly felt that they had encouragement and support to go to college, yet didn’t have access to academically rigorous classes or enough one-on-one time with a counselor to get help with the college admission process.

Renee Middleton Appointed to a Third, Five-Year Term as Dean at Ohio University

Renee Middleton Appointed to a Third, Five-Year Term as Dean at Ohio University

Renee Middleton was appointed to a new, five-year term as dean of the Patton College of Education at Ohio University in Athens. She has served in this post since 2006.

University of Michigan Study Finds Many Black Men Routinely Face Discrimination

University of Michigan Study Finds Many Black Men Routinely Face Discrimination

The findings included data that found that 20 percent of Black men reported that people they encountered acted like they were better than them on a daily or weekly basis. One in 10 Black men said that people acted as if they were afraid of them.

Five Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Five Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new duties are Edouard Wemy at Clark University, Gilberte Bastien of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Robert Z. Carr Jr. at Alcorn State University, Danny Hubbard at Grambling State University, and Crystal Moten at Macalester College.

More HBCUs Reporting Enrollment Increases

More HBCUs Reporting Enrollment Increases

Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens reports the largest entering class in the past six years and there are more new students at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis than at any time in the university’s history. For the first, time its residence halls are at full capacity.

Fayetteville State University Professor Wins a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Fayetteville State University Professor Wins a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Carole Boston Weatherford, a professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, is being honored for authoring one of the year’s best books for children or young adults. Her book is on civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer.

Tuskegee University Eliminating Adjunct Faculty and Staff Posts to Cut Costs

Tuskegee University Eliminating Adjunct Faculty and Staff Posts to Cut Costs

Tuskegee University, the historically Black educational institution in Alabama founded by Booker T. Washington, has announced what it calls “rightsizing efforts.” Over the next three years, Tuskegee University is committed to reduce operating costs and expenses by $15 million to $20 million.

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of news of African Americans who have been appointed to administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

New Center on Black-on-Black Violence Opens at Arkansas Baptist College

New Center on Black-on-Black Violence Opens at Arkansas Baptist College

Derek Oliver was a first-year student and a cornerback on the football team at Arkansas Baptist College. In 2012 he was shot on a street near campus while helping a friend change a flat tire. A new center on Black-on-Black violence named in his honor recently opened on campus.

In Memoriam: Joyce O. Jenkins, 1949-2016

In Memoriam: Joyce O. Jenkins, 1949-2016

Joyce O. Jenkins was the director of the Center for Teaching and e-Learning at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. Prior to joining the staff at Arkansas Baptist College in 2012, Dr. Jenkins had a 26-year career at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.