Archive for June, 2018

Three African Americans Who Are Retiring From Higher Education Posts

Three African Americans Who Are Retiring From Higher Education Posts

The three retirees are Rhonda Rogers at Virginia Tech, Karla Spurlock-Evans at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Kent Merritt at the University of Virginia.

The Education Trust Examines African American Degree Attainments by State

The Education Trust Examines African American Degree Attainments by State

Just over 40 percent of Black adults in New Mexico have earned a higher education degree, the highest rate in the nation. The state with the lowest level of degree attainment for African American adults is Louisiana.

Wilma Mishoe Named the Eleventh President of Delaware State University

Wilma Mishoe Named the Eleventh President of Delaware State University

Dr. Mishoe has been serving in the post on an interim basis since January. Previously, she was chair of the university’s board of trustees, the first women to hold the post in the history of the university.

New Report Shows HBCUs Are Preparing Their Students for Success in Life After College

New Report Shows HBCUs Are Preparing Their Students for Success in Life After College

A new report from the American Council on Education finds that some 20 percent of graduates of HBCUs moved from the lowest two income quintiles to the top two income quintiles. This is more than double the rate of non-minority serving institutions.

Two African Americans Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Two African Americans Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Letters

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University and Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and a screenwriter, is an associate professor in the theatre department at the Columbia School of the Arts.

University of Southern California Study Examines Diversity of Film Critics

University of Southern California Study Examines Diversity of Film Critics

The data shows that 64 percent of all movie critics are White men and 18 percent are White women. Fourteen percent of critics were men from underrepresented groups and 4 percent were women from underrepresented groups.

Mickey Burnim to Lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Mickey Burnim to Lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dr. Burnim served as president of Bowie State University in Maryland from 2006 to 2017. Previously, he was chancellor at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and a staff economist at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Racial Differences in Tobacco Usage Among School Students

Racial Differences in Tobacco Usage Among School Students

The good news is that young African Americans are far less likely to use tobacco products than Whites. In 2017, 14.2 percent of young Blacks and 22.7 percent of young Whites reported that they used any type of tobacco product.

Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina Unveils a New Master Plan

Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina Unveils a New Master Plan

Among the provisions of the master plan are the construction of four new academic buildings and two new residence halls, the construction of a 6,000-seat football stadium and a 3,000 seat convocation center on campus, and renovation of the campus library.

Four Black Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four Black Scholars Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Onye P. Ozuzu at the University of Florida, Nerita Hughes at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota, Ryan Smith at Wallace State Community College in Alabama, and Leonar Campbell at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

Fayetteville State University to Work With the Fort Bragg Research Institute

Fayetteville State University to Work With the Fort Bragg Research Institute

The partnership will foster collaborative research activities between the university and the Womack Army Medical Center as well as other research designed to enhance the operational readiness of soldiers on the military base.

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

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

Howard University Enters Partnership With University in Colombia

Howard University Enters Partnership With University in Colombia

The agreement calls for student and faculty exchanges between Howard University in Washington, D.C. and the Universidad del Valle of Cali in Colombia. Howard faculty will teach a semester long course in Colombia in the spring of next year.

New Assignments for Five Black Scholars at Major Universities

New Assignments for Five Black Scholars at Major Universities

Taking on new roles at Staci Perryman-Clark at Western Michigan University, Andre Carrington at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Leonard N. Moore at the University of Texas at Austin, Jerry Whitmore Jr. at Boston University, and Helane Davis of the University of Idaho.

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.

The Downward Spiral of African American Enrollments in Higher Education

The Downward Spiral of African American Enrollments in Higher Education

Since the 2012-13 academic year the number of Black students enrolled in higher education has declined by 554,278 students. The Black percentage of all enrollments has dropped from 14.4 percent to 13.2 percent.

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.

Baylor University Is Preserving the Recordings  of the Golden Age of Black Gospel

Baylor University Is Preserving the Recordings of the Golden Age of Black Gospel

These early Black gospel recordings – containing valuable history and culture – are rapidly disappearing. The Baylor University project seeks to preserve as many as these recording as possible in digital format.

Spelman College Promotes and Grants Tenure to Four Black Women Scholars

Spelman College Promotes and Grants Tenure to Four Black Women Scholars

The four Black women promoted to associate professor and granted tenure at Spelman College in Atlanta are Viveka Borum in mathematics, Rosalind Gregory-Bass in environmental and health sciences, and Andrea Lewis and Nicole Taylor in education.

The Large Gender Gap in Awards of Degrees and Certificates to African Americans

The Large Gender Gap in Awards of Degrees and Certificates to African Americans

In the 2016-17 academic year, Black women received 66.9 percent of all associate’s degrees, 64.1 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, 70.1 percent of all master’s degrees, and 68 percent of all research doctorates awarded to African Americans.

Pomona College in California Appoints Avis Hinkson as Dean of Students

Pomona College in California Appoints Avis Hinkson as Dean of Students

Dr. Hinkson has been serving as dean of Barnard College in New York City. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hinkson was associate dean of admissions at Pomona College. She will begin her new job at Pomona College in Claremont, California, on August 1.

New Study Shows Racial Health Gap in HIV Cases Remains Wide

New Study Shows Racial Health Gap in HIV Cases Remains Wide

In 2016, Blacks were 8.4 times more likely than Whites to be diagnosed with HIV, whereas in 2005 they were 7.9 times more likely. The number Black men diagnosed with HIV increased from 9,969 in 2005 to 12,890 in 2016.

The New Dean of the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University

The New Dean of the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University

Silvanus J. Udoka has been serving as a professor and chair of the department of management at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. He also held a joint appointment in the department of industrial and systems engineering at the university.

African Americans and Pell Grant Student Success

African Americans and Pell Grant Student Success

The federal government spends more than $30 billion each year on the Pell Grant program, which benefits well more than half of all Black students enrolled in undergraduate programs. But are colleges and universities doing a good job in graduating Pell Grant students?

Lenetta Lee Named Dean of the College at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Lenetta Lee Named Dean of the College at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lee has been serving as dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs at the university. She joined the faculty in the education department at Lincoln University in 1999. Dr. Lee was granted tenure in 2003.

How Does the Environment Impact Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer?

How Does the Environment Impact Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer?

A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois finds that the environmental conditions associated with low-income neighborhoods – rather than race itself – increases women’s risks of dying from breast cancer.

Racist Instagram Post Leads to Student Protests at St. John's University

Racist Instagram Post Leads to Student Protests at St. John’s University

After a racist photo was posted online, students on the Staten Island campus of St. john’s University staged a protest. The protesters were allegedly told to “go back from where you come from” and were taunted by White students with racial slurs.

New Administrative Roles at Universities for Six African Americans

New Administrative Roles at Universities for Six African Americans

The appointees are Jeffrey Jones at Cheyney University, Tasha Toy at Dixie State University, Ashley Robsinson at Jackson State University, Dexter I. Odom at Fort Valley State University, B. Sherrance Russell at Central State University, and Brent Swinton at Bowie State University.

A New Academic Partner for Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas

A New Academic Partner for Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas

Students from Jarvis Christian College will be able to transfer to selected bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Texas at Tyler. Also, University of Texas at Tyler students will be able to pursue majors at Jarvis Christian College that are not offered at the university.

Two African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Two African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Henry Talley, dean of the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University, and Laverne Lewis Gaskins, senior legal advisor at Augusta University in Georgia.

Tennessee State University Partners With Motlow State Community College

Tennessee State University Partners With Motlow State Community College

Under the agreement, Tennessee State University will offer a bachelor’s degree program in agricultural sciences at the Fayetteville campus of Motlow State Community College.

Four Black Male Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Four Black Male Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

The four Black men taking on new roles are Kemi Fuentes-George at Middlebury College in Vermont, Vokay Addoh at the University of Mississippi, Richard Benson at Spelman College in Atlanta, and Andre R. Denham at the University of Alabama.

Boeing Seeks to Diversity the Nation's Technical Workforce by Partnering With HBCUs

Boeing Seeks to Diversity the Nation’s Technical Workforce by Partnering With HBCUs

Boeing Inc. the nation’s major aircraft manufacturer, has announced a $6 million partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that supports 47 historically Black colleges and universities.

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.

UVA Appoints Members for Its Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation

UVA Appoints Members for Its Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation

The University of Virginia’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation is being chartered for four years and will examine the university’s history during this period and make recommendations for appropriate action in recognition of this history.