Archive for September, 2017

Turning the Tide of Segregation:  The Legacy of the Law School at South Carolina State College

Turning the Tide of Segregation: The Legacy of the Law School at South Carolina State College

During the Jim Crow era, southern states established segregated graduate and professional schools so that they would not have to admit Blacks to predominantly White educational institutions.

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.

Duke University Acquires a Collection of Black History Items

Duke University Acquires a Collection of Black History Items

The collection showcases Black Americans through advertisements and political campaigns aimed at African Americans from the 1970s through the 1990s.

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 Wisconsin to Investigate Student Ties to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

University of Wisconsin to Investigate Student Ties to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, stated that “it is time to take a fresh look at our history to ensure that we fully understand and appropriately acknowledge the activities of members of the campus community.”

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.

Ophelia Weeks Named Professor Emerita at Florida International University

Ophelia Weeks Named Professor Emerita at Florida International University

Ophelia Weeks, who served for more than 30 years on the faculty at Florida International University in Miami, stepped down from her post earlier this year. Now, she has been granted the title of professor emerita. She has not retired. In April she was named president of the University of Liberia in Africa.

University of California, Merced Debuts New Major in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

University of California, Merced Debuts New Major in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

The major has four interdisciplinary core classes, including a capstone/senior thesis course, along with various electives. Faculty members from affiliated programs will offer a host of other courses that students can take to fulfill additional major and elective requirements.

Racist Flyers Are Posted on the Campus of Weber State University in Utah

Racist Flyers Are Posted on the Campus of Weber State University in Utah

The flyers were recruiting students to the Alt-Right movement and declared that “diversity is a code word for White genocide.”

Three HBCUs Report Record Enrollment Numbers

Three HBCUs Report Record Enrollment Numbers

Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Claflin University in South Carolina, and Meharry Medical College in Nashville are all reporting record enrollment numbers for entering students.

Racial/Ethnic Differences in the College Application Process

Racial/Ethnic Differences in the College Application Process

For those students who entered high school in 2009 and had applied to college by 2013, 37 percent of Black students had applied to only one college. Some 23 percent of all Black students had applied to five or more colleges.

The New Provost at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama

The New Provost at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama

Colwick Wilson was the director of research, innovation, and grants at Kettering Health Network in Ohio. Earlier, he served in several capacities at Loma Linda University in Los Angeles.

Racial Gap in Home Ownership Is Significant at All Educational Levels

Racial Gap in Home Ownership Is Significant at All Educational Levels

Some 70 percent of Whites with a college degree own their home. But less than half of African American college graduates own their home. Even more striking is the fact that the racial gap in home ownership rates for college graduates has actually increased since 1980.

Black Students at the University of Virginia Issue a List of Demands

Black Students at the University of Virginia Issue a List of Demands

In the wake of the race-related violence that took place in Charlottesville last month, The Minority Rights Coalition, an assemblage of student groups at the University of Virginia, issued a list of 10 demands to the university’s administration.

College Students Found to Have Unconscious Racial Bias Toward Black Athletes

College Students Found to Have Unconscious Racial Bias Toward Black Athletes

A study led by Patrick Ferrucci, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Colorado, suggests that unconscious racial bias, propagated in part by sports media, still influences how the public views the quarterback position in the game of football.

Zadie Smith of New York University to Receive the Langston Hughes Medal

Zadie Smith of New York University to Receive the Langston Hughes Medal

The Langston Hughes Medal honors writers of poetry, drama, fiction, biographies, and critical essays from throughout the Black diaspora. Previous winners include James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Gwendolyn Brooks, Octavia Butler, August Wilson, and Edwidge Danticat.

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky to Relocate to the Campus of the Newest HBCU, Simmons College

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky to Relocate to the Campus of the Newest HBCU, Simmons College

Simmons College, a historically Black educational institution in Louisville, announced that the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky will establish offices on campus and begin to offer a master of divinity degree at the college. The first students are expected to enroll for the Spring 2018 semester.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Notable Professorships at American Universities

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Notable Professorships at American Universities

J. Luke Wood was named Dean’s Distinguished Professor at San Diego State University. Michelle Wright was named to an endowed chair at Emory University in Atlanta, and T. Joel Wade was appointed to a Presidential Professorship at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Central State University Offering Two Additional Bachelor's Degree Programs

Central State University Offering Two Additional Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Central State University, the historically Black educational institution in Wilberforce, Ohio, has announced the creation of two new bachelor’s degree programs in agricultural education and exercise science. These two new degrees will bring the total number of possible majors at the university to 40.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Jame’l R. Hodges at Virginia State University, Lesley-Anne Pittard at the University of Oregon, Robert Young at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Gus Ridgel at Kentucky State University.

Academic Restructuring at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina

Academic Restructuring at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina

Johnson C Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the creation of a School of Social Work at the university. The Metropolitan College of Professional Studies will house adult education, online degree programs, and the departments of business administration and health and human performance.

In Memoriam: Norris Allen Edney, 1936-2017

In Memoriam: Norris Allen Edney, 1936-2017

Dr. Edney was a long-time faculty member who served as both acting president and interim president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi.