Archive for July, 2017

Education Department Report Documents Educational Inequality in the United States

Education Department Report Documents Educational Inequality in the United States

The report contains data on African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, American Indians and other ethnic groups. There are detailed tables on enrollments, educational achievement, retention, student behavior, degree attainments, and outcomes of education.

Haywood Strickland to Retire From Presidency of Wiley College

Haywood Strickland to Retire From Presidency of Wiley College

Haywood L. Strickland has announced that he will step down as president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. He has led the historically Black educational institution in East Texas since 2000.

Washington University Professor Says Schools' Policies on Black Hair Are Discriminatory

Washington University Professor Says Schools’ Policies on Black Hair Are Discriminatory

Several school districts around the nation have adopted policies that prevent students from wearing their hair in braids, twists, dreadlocks and Afros. Kimberly Norwood of Washington University is a leader in the fight to end these discriminatory rules.

The New President of the Penn Valley Campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City

The New President of the Penn Valley Campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City

Since 2009, Tyjuan Lee has served as vice president for student affairs at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland. Earlier, Dr. Lee was associate vice president for enrollment management and student services at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.

For Black High School Students Math Tracking May Not Make Sense

For Black High School Students Math Tracking May Not Make Sense

In a project designed by researchers at the University of South Carolina, Black students assigned to a remedial mathematics track were instead taught algebra. Ninety percent of the students passed the course.

The New Leader of the  American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

The New Leader of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Jacqueline Holland is an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Dr. Holland is the fifth person of color to lead the organization in its 108-year history.

Albany State University Partners With Albany Technical College for Nursing Students

Albany State University Partners With Albany Technical College for Nursing Students

Albany State University in Georgia has entered into an agreement with Albany Technical College that will make it easier for nursing graduates of Albany Tech to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Albany State University.

Five African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Five African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Taking on new assignments are Marvella Ford at South Carolina State University, Lyle Gibson at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, David J. Wallace at the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York, Lena Hill at the University of Iowa, and Carol Annette Wilson at Voorhees College in South Carolina.

Spelman College Establishes Scholarships for LGBTQ Advocates

Spelman College Establishes Scholarships for LGBTQ Advocates

Spelman College received a pledge from alumna and professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall to establish the Levi Watkins Jr. Scholars Program. The program will offer two $25,000 scholarships to Spelman College students who are advocates for the rights of LGBTQ students.

A Trio of Black Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

A Trio of Black Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

The honorees are Em Claire Knowles of Simmons College in Boston, Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and Robert A. Winn of the University of illinois at Chicago.

Texas Southern University Law School Sanctioned for Alleged Gender Discrimination

Texas Southern University Law School Sanctioned for Alleged Gender Discrimination

An American Bar Association investigative committee visited the campus and heard complaints relating to sexual harassment and gender discrimination and determined that the law school was not meeting the standards set by the ABA.

New Higher Education Administrative Appointments for Seven African American Women

New Higher Education Administrative Appointments for Seven African American Women

They are Shari Clark at Eastern Washington University, Teare Brewington at South Carolina State University, Karla Foster at the University of Wisconsin, Cheri Fisher Wilson at Oakwood University, Charlene Johnson at Voorhees College, Kimberly Fair Reese at Winston-Salem State and Felicia Blow at Hampton University.

In Memoriam: Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, 1953-2017

In Memoriam: Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, 1953-2017

Cynthia Barnes-Boyd was a clinical associate professor of community health and director of the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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.

The New Provost at South Carolina State University

The New Provost at South Carolina State University

Since 2008, Dr. Luke has held numerous senior administrative roles in the Division of Academic Affairs at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, most recently as acting and interim provost. He is a tenured associate professor of history.

Dana Canedy Named Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes

Dana Canedy Named Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, has announced that Dana Canedy will be the new administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. Canedy has worked at the New York Times since 1996, most recently as special adviser to the chief executive officer and executive editor.

University of Montana Black Studies Scholar Looks to Raise Awareness With 500-Mile Bike Trek

University of Montana Black Studies Scholar Looks to Raise Awareness With 500-Mile Bike Trek

Tobin Miller Shearer, an associate history professor and director of the African American studies program at the University of Montana, is about to embark on a 500-mile bicycle trip through the mountains of Montana in an effort to raise awareness of issues important to African Americans.

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.

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.

In Memoriam: Charles Lyons Jr., 1926-2017

In Memoriam: Charles Lyons Jr., 1926-2017

Dr. Lyons became chancellor of Fayetteville State University in 1969. He served in that role for 18 years before resigning in 1987.

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Combat Hate and Create a Safer Campus

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Combat Hate and Create a Safer Campus

In response to incidents of perceived racial bias on campus, the University of Maryland has announced an action plan to “combat hate and create a safer campus.”

Virginia Tech Holds Its Inaugural Black College Institute

Virginia Tech Holds Its Inaugural Black College Institute

The institute was a three-day, pre-college program that sought to acclimate African American and Black students to college life. Nearly 60 students attended.

In Memoriam: Samuel Allen Counter Jr., 1944-2017

In Memoriam: Samuel Allen Counter Jr., 1944-2017

S. Allen Counter was a noted neurophysiologist and the founding director of the Harvard Foundation of Intercultural and Race Relations.

New Report Shows Blacks Still Lag in Degree Attainments

New Report Shows Blacks Still Lag in Degree Attainments

In the 2015-16 academic year, Blacks earned 10.2 percent of all degrees granted by four-year educational institutions in the United States. Blacks women outpaced Black men by a large margin at all levels of degree attainment.

Kimberly Beatty Named Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City

Kimberly Beatty Named Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City

Dr. Beatty has been serving as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer at Houston Community College. Previously, she served as associate vice chancellor for student success at Tarrant Count College in Fort Worth, Texas.

Is Federal Graduation Rate Data Unfair to HBCUs?

Is Federal Graduation Rate Data Unfair to HBCUs?

A new report from the American Council on Education shows that the methodology used by the U.S. Department of Education to compute the graduation rate at HBCUs paints an unfair picture of the performance of these educational institutions in graduating their students.

Reginald Sykes Appointed President of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama

Reginald Sykes Appointed President of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama

Dr. Sykes has been serving as interim president of the college since February 2016. He has served as president of Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville since 2010.

New Research Shows Blacks and Other Minorities Receive Unequal Mortgage Services

New Research Shows Blacks and Other Minorities Receive Unequal Mortgage Services

A new study conducted at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan finds that Black and other minority customers experience inferior and possibly unfair service from retail banks on mortgage products.

Paulette Dillard to Lead Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Paulette Dillard to Lead Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Dillard has served as a department chair, dean, and vice president of academic affairs at the university. She will serve as interim president while a nationwide search is underway to find the next permanent president of the university.

The HBCUs Which Have the Highest Starting Salaries for Their Graduates

The HBCUs Which Have the Highest Starting Salaries for Their Graduates

A new report from EdSmart ranks the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities by the starting salaries earned by the graduates of the particular institution. Prairie View A&M University in Texas ranks at the top of the list.

New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Desmond Patton of Columbia University, Dana Rice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Keisha M. Love at the University of Cincinnati, Regina Taylor at Fordham University, A. Todd Franklin at Hamilton College, and Christopher Lance Coleman at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Fayetteville State University Partners With the Army Research Laboratory

Fayetteville State University Partners With the Army Research Laboratory

Under the agreement, faculty and students will have summer research opportunities at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland. Staff of the Army Research Laboratory will also serve on the university’s departmental advisory committees to assist in the enhancement/development of STEM curricula.

The New Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

The New Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Darrell Newton will also serve as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Dr. Newton has been serving as associate dean in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury University in Maryland.

North Carolina Central University Debuts a New Portal for Online Education

North Carolina Central University Debuts a New Portal for Online Education

The fully on-line program offerings include 10 degree programs, seven certificate programs and two hybrid programs with Wake Technical Community College and Vance-Granville Community College.

Six African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Six African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Jessica Evans at Murray State University, Jacqueline Jackson at Harford Community College, Kirsten Boswell-Ford at MIT, Teresa L. Smallwood at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Renarde D. Earl at Fayetteville State University, and Sharon Taylor Burnett at Tuskegee 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.