Archive for February, 2017

Clark Atlanta University Looks to Boost Enrollments of Black Men

Clark Atlanta University Looks to Boost Enrollments of Black Men

The new Black Male Sunday Initiative at Clark Atlanta University will involve teams of students, faculty, and staff that will be dispatched to churches across the Atlanta metropolitan area during Sunday services.

Two African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at North Carolina Universities

Two African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at North Carolina Universities

John Michael Lee Jr. was named vice chancellor for university advancement at Elizabeth City State University and Sonye Randolph was named equal opportunity and Title IX investigator at Appalachian State University.

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.

Conference Aimed to Enhance the Careers of Black Women Faculty Members

Conference Aimed to Enhance the Careers of Black Women Faculty Members

The conference, “Preparing Black Female Faculty for Prominence, Power, and Presence in the Academy,” held in Atlanta this past weekend, was organized by four faculty members at Mississippi State University.

Centre College Removes Name of Alleged Bigot From Campus Hall

Centre College Removes Name of Alleged Bigot From Campus Hall

James Clark McReynolds was attorney general of the United States and then sat of the U.S. Supreme Court for 27 years. He refused to have Blacks or women as clerks and reportedly left the courtroom when the justices were addressed by Black or women attorneys.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Tulane University in New Orleans Debuts Its Center for Academic Equity

Tulane University in New Orleans Debuts Its Center for Academic Equity

The goal of the new Center for Academic Equity on the Tulane University campus is to foster the academic excellence of students from underrepresented groups.

HBCUs Team Up to Train K-12 Teachers in the Science of Space Exploration

HBCUs Team Up to Train K-12 Teachers in the Science of Space Exploration

The STEM STARS Institute, devoted to enhance science education in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, is a cooperative partnership between Jackson State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

White Supremacist Posters Put Up on Campus of Indiana University

White Supremacist Posters Put Up on Campus of Indiana University

The flyers portrayed the message of Identity Evropa, a White supremacist group that maintains a post office box in Oakdale, California.

Racial Differences in Law School Scholarships and Debt Levels

Racial Differences in Law School Scholarships and Debt Levels

The 2015 Law School Survey of Student Engagement found that 61 percent of Black law school graduates and 40 percent of White law school graduate had accumulated more than $100,000 in student loan debt. White students were more likely than Black students to receive merit scholarships.

Stephen Kolison Jr. Named Provost at the University of Indianapolis

Stephen Kolison Jr. Named Provost at the University of Indianapolis

Since 2008, Dr. Kolison has been serving as associate vice president for academic programs and educational innovation and governance for the University of Wisconsin System. Earlier in his career, he was on the faculty at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

The Persisting Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Persisting Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The percentage of all doctoral degree recipients who are African Americans is increasing at only a snail’s pace. In 2005, Blacks were 6.2 percent of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who earned doctorates. In 2015 the figure was 6.5 percent.

The Nationwide Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Nationwide Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

African Americans had the lowest graduation rate of any racial or ethnic group at the nation’s largest colleges and universities. Only 46 percent of all Black students who entered bachelor’s degree programs at these four-year institutions in 2009 earned their degree within six years.

Research Finds an Expanding Wealth Gap at Higher Levels of Education

Research Finds an Expanding Wealth Gap at Higher Levels of Education

The study, authored by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, finds that Black families with a head who has a graduate degree have average wealth that is only 85 percent of White families with a head who has only a bachelor’s degree.

Alondra Nelson Will Be the Next President of the Social Science Research Council

Alondra Nelson Will Be the Next President of the Social Science Research Council

Alondra Nelson, a professor of sociology and dean of social science at Columbia University in New York City, will serve as president of the Social Science Research Council for five years beginning in September.

Research Finds HIV Transmission Remains a Problem Among Older Blacks in Africa

Research Finds HIV Transmission Remains a Problem Among Older Blacks in Africa

The research examined the sexual behaviors of more than 5,000 adults over the age of 40 in rural South Africa. The study found that 23 percent of the older adults surveyed had HIV and half of these did not know they were infected.

Kentucky State University Reports Significant Enrollment Increases

Kentucky State University Reports Significant Enrollment Increases

The university reports that there are 2,096 undergraduate students on campus for the Spring 2017 semester. This is up 34.3 percent from the Spring 2016 semester. Enrollments for the Spring semester are up 30 percent from the Fall semester.

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Appointed to new positions are Charles J. Gibb at Miles College, Krystal Toups at Rice University, Sedgwick Harris at Northampton Community College, Kimberly Hewitt at Johns Hopkins University, Erika K. Davis at Neumann University, and Edward Summers at Long Island University.

Elizabeth City State University Goes on the Road With STEM Education

Elizabeth City State University Goes on the Road With STEM Education

The aviation science program at Elizabeth City State University has unveiled its new NASA Mobile STEM Lab. The mobile laboratory offers 10 workstations designed to offer students the opportunity to experience cutting edge technology.

Ohio University Scholar Honored for Her Contributions to Teacher Education

Ohio University Scholar Honored for Her Contributions to Teacher Education

Renee A. Middleton, professor and dean of the College of Education at Ohio University in Athens, was honored for her outstanding contributions to teacher education by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Clark Atlanta University Doubles Its Number of International Students

Clark Atlanta University Doubles Its Number of International Students

During the Fall 2014 semester Clark Atlanta University enrolled only 167 international students. Within two years that number has more than doubled. Some 87 percent of all foreign students at the university are from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Lawrence Jackson Is a New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

Lawrence Jackson Is a New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

Dr. Jackson’s appointment includes duties in the departments of English and history as well as the Center for Africana Studies. He plans on establishing a new institute to preserve and showcase the arts, history, and culture of the city of Baltimore.

Incoming Fire from All Directions: Microaggressions Faced by Students and Faculty of Color

Incoming Fire from All Directions: Microaggressions Faced by Students and Faculty of Color

Faculty of color must manage themselves, encourage their students and promote learning in sometimes less than ideal social climates.

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.

Two African American Giants of Higher Education to Have Highways Named in Their Honor

Two African American Giants of Higher Education to Have Highways Named in Their Honor

The department of transportation in North Carolina plans to have stretches of interstate highways in the state named for Julius L. Chambers, who was chancellor of North Carolina Central University, and John Hope Franklin, the noted historian who was a long-time professor at Duke University.

A New Home for Yale University's African Art Collection

A New Home for Yale University’s African Art Collection

The Laura and James J. Ross Gallery of African Art includes more than 250 items spanning more than 3,000 years of African history. Items include sculptures, ceramics, masks, ivory carvings, and metal works.

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.

University of Kansas Seeks to Boost Participation of Underrepresented Groups in Cancer Clinical Trials

University of Kansas Seeks to Boost Participation of Underrepresented Groups in Cancer Clinical Trials

The series of videos, posters, fliers and more will feature patients’ own doctors and nurses while addressing the concerns and questions they most often have about participating in such trials.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

University of Oregon Plans for a New Black Cultural Center

University of Oregon Plans for a New Black Cultural Center

In the fall of 2015, the Black Student Task Force at the University of Oregon issued 13 demands designed to make the campus more welcoming to African American students. One of these demands was to build a Black Cultural Center on campus. Efforts are underway to meet that demand.

Two Purdue University Political Scientists to Edit a Major Journal

Two Purdue University Political Scientists to Edit a Major Journal

Nadie E. Brown and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, both associate professors of political science at Purdue, will share duties as lead editor for the journal Politics, Groups and Identities, a publication of the Western Political Science Association.

In Memoriam: Pamela Denise Anthony, 1971-2017

In Memoriam: Pamela Denise Anthony, 1971-2017

Pamela D. Anthony, vice president for student affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From 2012 to 2016, she was dean of students at Iowa State University.

Two African American Women Leaving Their Academic Posts

Two African American Women Leaving Their Academic Posts

J. Nwando Olayiwola, director of the Center for Primary Care Excellence at the University of California, San Francisco, is taking a job at a healthcare technology company and Karla FC Holloway, the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University, has retired.

SUNY Appoints Wayne J. Riley as the Next President of Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Appoints Wayne J. Riley as the Next President of Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Riley has been serving as a clinical professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is the immediate past president of the American College of Physicians. Earlier in his career, Dr. Riley was president, CEO, and professor at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Racial Pay Gap on Corporate Boards of Directors

The Racial Pay Gap on Corporate Boards of Directors

On the boards of the largest companies that pay their directors at a higher rate, women and minorities are paid less than White men on these large company boards. The pay gap, as much as 9 percent, is due to the fact that women and minorities are less likely to hold leadership positions on these boards.