Archive for September, 2019

The Persistent Racial Gap in Scores on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The Persistent Racial Gap in Scores on the SAT College Entrance Examination

Nearly half of all Black test takers did not meet the minimum benchmark for college or career readiness in either reading or mathematics. For Whites, the figure was 18 percent.

Regina Stanback Stroud Appointed Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District

Regina Stanback Stroud Appointed Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District

Dr. Stanback Stroud has more than 35 years of experience as an educator and leader. She served most recently as president of Skyline College in San Bruno, California. She served in that role from 2010 to 2019.

Black Women Have the Highest Voting Rates Among U.S. College Students

Black Women Have the Highest Voting Rates Among U.S. College Students

African American college students raised their voting rate by more than 18 percentage points between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections. Among college students, Black women had the highest voting rate of any racial or ethnic group.

Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges in Massachusetts

Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges in Massachusetts

Leykia Nulan has been named dean of admission at Mount Holyoke College, the liberal arts educational institution in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Sheila Stamm was named as dean of the School of Education at American International College in Springfield.

Stanford University Research Finds Persisting Racial Segregation in Public Schools

Stanford University Research Finds Persisting Racial Segregation in Public Schools

Analyzing data on all public schools in the United States from 2008 to 2016, Stanford University researchers conclude that “racial segregation appears to be harmful because it concentrates minority students in high-poverty schools, which are, on average, less effective than lower-poverty schools.”

Sean Seymore Appointed to an Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University

Sean Seymore Appointed to an Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University

Professor Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy.

Morehouse College in Atlanta Announces Budget-Tightening Measures

Morehouse College in Atlanta Announces Budget-Tightening Measures

Morehouse College, the highly rated historically Black institution for men in Atlanta, has announced a series of initiatives to tighten its budget. Most professional staff and faculty will be required to take a one-day unpaid furlough each month. The college will also stop making matching contributions to employees’ retirement accounts.

A Trio of African American Women Faculty Taking on New Roles

A Trio of African American Women Faculty Taking on New Roles

Tiffany A. Butler was named director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Amanda Wilkerson is a new assistant professor of higher education at the University of Central Florida and La Tanya Rogers was appointed associate professor of English and literature at Fisk University.

Southern University Is the Pilot Institution for the CIA's HBCU Recruitment and Workforce Initiative

Southern University Is the Pilot Institution for the CIA’s HBCU Recruitment and Workforce Initiative

The agreement allows the CIA to engage in a broad range of classroom workshops, curriculum development, and recruitment activities to foster ongoing relationships with key university staff and personnel on Southern University’s five campuses.

University of Virginia's Kevin Everson to Receive a 2019 Heinz Award

University of Virginia’s Kevin Everson to Receive a 2019 Heinz Award

The Heinz Awards, now in their 24th year, honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in five categories: arts and humanities; environment; the human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy and employment. Professor Everson will be honored for his body of work in film on October 17 in Pittsburgh.

Saint Augustine's University Earns Approval to Offer Its Academic Programs Online

Saint Augustine’s University Earns Approval to Offer Its Academic Programs Online

After receiving approval from the accrediting agency, Saint Augustine’s University will begin by delivering its organizational management bachelor’s degree as a fully-online program, beginning this coming spring, through the department of extended studies.

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

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.

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.

University of Virginia Considering Name Changes for Several Buildings on Campus

University of Virginia Considering Name Changes for Several Buildings on Campus

Protestors have called on the University of Virginia to change the name of the Alderman Library. It is named after Edward Alderman, president of the university from 1905 to 1931. Alderman was a proponent of eugenics and White supremacy.

Four White Students at Colorado State Posed for Photo In Blackface

Four White Students at Colorado State Posed for Photo In Blackface

The university president issued a statement saying that the photo caused a great deal of pain to members of the university community, but that the social media posting was protected by the First Amendment and the students would not be punished.

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.

Black Student Attacked on the Campus of the University of Arizona

Black Student Attacked on the Campus of the University of Arizona

A Black student at the University of Arizona was accosted by two White students who used racial slurs. When the African American student told the two White students to stop the verbal abuse, he was attacked. The Black student was punched in the head and kicked while he lay on the ground.

California Lutheran University to Add an Ethnic and Race Studies Major

California Lutheran University to Add an Ethnic and Race Studies Major

About 45 percent of California Lutheran University’s traditional undergraduate students from the United States identify themselves as Latino, black, American/Alaskan native or multiracial.

Racial Inequities in the Financing of Graduate Education in the United States

Racial Inequities in the Financing of Graduate Education in the United States

The good news is that African Americans have greatly increased their percentage of graduate student enrollments. The bad news is that a large share of African American students are taking on debt to finance their graduate education.

Dwight Watson Is the New Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Dwight Watson Is the New Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Since 2015, Dr. Watson has served as provost and vice president of academic and student affairs at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Previously, Dr. Watson served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

Report Finds "Non-Glaring" Racial Differences in Criminal Prosecutions

Report Finds “Non-Glaring” Racial Differences in Criminal Prosecutions

Researchers from Florida International University examined nearly 87,000 prosecutions in Hillsborough County, Florida. Although there were some differences between racial groups, the disparities were not glaring, researchers found.

James Lyons is a New Dean at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina

James Lyons is a New Dean at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina

James Lyons II was named dean of the School of Humanities, Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences. He was been on the faculty at Saint Augustine’s University since 2007. He is also chair of the department of criminal justice at the university.

University Study Finds Racial Gap in Dentist Visits by Older Americans

University Study Finds Racial Gap in Dentist Visits by Older Americans

The study asked more than 20,000 adults over the age of 51 if they had visited a dentist over the past two years. Some 71 percent of participants responded yes. But there was a significant difference between Blacks and Whites.

Helen Griffith to Lead the Highly Successful Charter School at the University of California, San Diego

Helen Griffith to Lead the Highly Successful Charter School at the University of California, San Diego

Since 2012, Dr. Griffith has been serving as the founding executive director and CEO of е3 Civic High, a public charter high school located in the San Diego Central Public Library. The Preuss School of the University of California, San Diego caters to low-income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college.

Faculty Members at Wake Forest University Receive Racist Emails

Faculty Members at Wake Forest University Receive Racist Emails

The messages were directed to faculty and staff in the department of sociology, the department of women, gender and sexuality studies, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the LGBTQ+ Center, and the Intercultural Center.

Tuskegee University and North Carolina State Team Up to Boost Diversity in Forestry

Tuskegee University and North Carolina State Team Up to Boost Diversity in Forestry

Participating students will spend three years at Tuskegee, followed by two years at North Carolina State. Students who successfully complete the program will have earned a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee and a master’s degree in forestry from North Carolina State.

Three African Americans Appointed to Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

Three African Americans Appointed to Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new teaching roles are LaTasha Moody-Love at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Billy R. Bennett at Bowie State University in Maryland, and Donna Hylton at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Florida A&M University Debuts Its Office of Undergraduate Research

Florida A&M University Debuts Its Office of Undergraduate Research

The goal of the Office of Undergraduate Research is to increase the number of students participating in and completing undergraduate research and internship opportunities. OUR will enable students to easily access information about these offerings and apply for investigative projects and programs in which they have an interest.

James Moore III to Be Honored by the National Association for Gifted Children

James Moore III to Be Honored by the National Association for Gifted Children

James L. Moore III is vice provost for diversity and inclusion and the EHE Distinguished Professor in the department of educational studies at Ohio State University. He will receive the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children in November.

Delaware State University to Provide Vocational Training in Underserved Areas

Delaware State University to Provide Vocational Training in Underserved Areas

Historically Black Delaware State University has joined forces with First State Community Action Agency, a nonprofit group, to pool resources to improve the quality of life and facilitate the educational and training needs of individuals and families in Southern Delaware.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The African Americans taking on new administrative roles at colleges and universities are Maurice Cooley at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, Maquisha Ford Mullins at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and Anthony J. Davis at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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.

Activists From South Africa and the United States Unite to Fight Anti-Black Racism

Activists From South Africa and the United States Unite to Fight Anti-Black Racism

The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity has chosen its second cohort of Atlantic Fellows — 20 leaders from across South Africa and the United States who are working to end anti-Black racism in the two countries.

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.