Blacks Student Athletes Have Made Gains in Graduation Rates, But a Racial Gap Persists

Blacks Student Athletes Have Made Gains in Graduation Rates, But a Racial Gap Persists

In 1991, only 33 percent of Black male student athletes on scholarship at NCAA Division I institutions earned their diplomas within six years. Today, the graduation rate for Black male student athletes is 55 percent. For Black women student athletes on scholarship at these schools, the graduation rate was 45 percent in 1991. Today, it is 67 percent

Emmett Griswold Is the New President of Albany Technical College in Georgia

Emmett Griswold Is the New President of Albany Technical College in Georgia

In 2018, Dr. Griswold was appointed vice president for academic affairs at Albany Technical College. Earlier, he was dean of academic affairs for the construction, manufacturing, and transportation division at the college. Dr. Griswald began his career at Albany Technical College in 2004 as an instructor in criminal justice.

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2021-22

Students From Sub-Saharan African Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2021-22

During the 2021-22 academic year there were 42,518 students from sub-Saharan Africa enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. They made up 4.5 percent of all foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities that year. This was the highest number of students from sub-Saharan Africa in history.

Allyson Watson to Serve as Provost at Florida A&M University

Allyson Watson to Serve as Provost at Florida A&M University

Dr. Watson was named dean of the College of Education at Florida A&M University in 2019. Before coming to Florida A&M, she was dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Earlier, Dr. Watson spent nearly 14 years on the faculty at Northeastern  State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Study Finds That After 40 Years the Stillbirth Rate for Blacks Remains Double the Rate for Whites

Study Finds That After 40 Years the Stillbirth Rate for Blacks Remains Double the Rate for Whites

A new study led by Cande Ananth, chief of epidemiology and biostatistics in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, finds that the decades-long effort to lower the stillbirth rate in the United States has stalled, as has progress in closing a persistent gap in stillbirths experienced by Black women compared with White women.

Two Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Historically Black Universities

Two Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Historically Black Universities

Paul B. Tchounwou was appointed the new dean of the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Morgan State University in Baltimore, effective January 1, and Aisha Morris Moultry has been named interim dean of the recently-established College of Transdisciplinary Studies at Texas Southern University in Houston.

New Titles or Roles at Universities for a Trio of Black Faculty Members

New Titles or Roles at Universities for a Trio of Black Faculty Members

Juanita Johnson-Bailey was named the first recipient of the Centennial Professorship, an endowed professorship for a women’s studies faculty member at the University of Georgia. Siddig Fageir has been appointed chair of the department of social sciences at Alcorn State University in Mississippi and Asher Pimpleton-Gray was named chair of the department of psychology and counseling at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

A New Center for Agroecology Established at Florida A&M University

A New Center for Agroecology Established at Florida A&M University

The Lola Hampton-Frank Pinder Center for Agroecology will provide an interdisciplinary space, a think tank, where Black farmers’ voices, needs, ideas, challenges, and strategies are discussed together with the support of scholarship and research to promote relevant changes and policy recommendations as a part of the solutions.

Three Black Women Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three Black Women Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Alexis Travis is an assistant provost and executive director of the Health and Wellbeing Division at Michigan State University. Toni Monette is the new coordinator for volunteer and civic engagement programs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Lori White was named director of purchasing for business affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Tuskegee University Forms Partnership With Auburn University to Address Healthcare Inequality

Tuskegee University Forms Partnership With Auburn University to Address Healthcare Inequality

The agreement calls for a commitment to blend resources and intellectual capacity to address racial and health disparities in communities across the state of Alabama. Through faculty research and outreach collaborations, both universities will work to address lack of healthcare access and other social and health inequities in the local areas.

Daphne Brooks of Yale University Honored by the American Musicology Society

Daphne Brooks of Yale University Honored by the American Musicology Society

Daphne Brooks, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Music at Yale University, was presented with the Music in American Culture Award from the American Musicological Society.

Shaw University Files a Civil Rights Complaint With the U.S. Department of Justice

Shaw University Files a Civil Rights Complaint With the U.S. Department of Justice

In October, a bus carrying 18 Shaw University students was stopped on a highway in South Carolina. Multiple sheriff deputies and drug-sniffing dogs searched the suitcases of the students and staff located in the luggage racks beneath the bus. Now the university has filed an official civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.

A Pair of African Americans Who Have Been Named Chief Diversity Officers

A Pair of African Americans Who Have Been Named Chief Diversity Officers

Randi Congleton was appointed chief diversity and inclusion officer at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, and David E. Jones is the new chief diversity officer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

In Memoriam: Willa Elaine Johnson, 1957-2022

In Memoriam: Willa Elaine Johnson, 1957-2022

Dr. Johnson taught at the University of Mississippi for 23 years. Colleagues remember her as a “renaissance woman” who was an expert in many disciplines, fluent in multiple languages, and an artist. She was only the second Black woman in the U.S. to earn a doctorate in Hebrew Bible.

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 Arkansas to Offer a Master's Degree in Black Sacred Music

University of Arkansas to Offer a Master’s Degree in Black Sacred Music

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has announced that beginning next fall it will offer a master’s degree program in Black scared music. The university states that this will be first degree program of its kind in the United States.

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.

Williams College in Massachusetts to Add an Africans Studies Major

Williams College in Massachusetts to Add an Africans Studies Major

The nine-course major will consist of three required courses and six electives. Currently, there has been a five-course concentration in Africana studies that consists of two required courses and three electives. With the addition of African studies as a major, the concentration will be eliminated by 2026.

The Racial Graduation Rate Gap Between All Students and Student Athletes

The Racial Graduation Rate Gap Between All Students and Student Athletes

For White students who entered college between 2012 and 2015 on an athletic scholarship, 73 percent earned their degree from the same institution within six years. For Black student athletes in the same period, 59 percent earned their degree within six years at the same school. This gap is significantly less than the racial gap for students as a whole.

Charles Robinson Appointed Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville

Charles Robinson Appointed Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville

Before being named interim chancellor in July 2021, Dr. Robinson was provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. He was named provost in 2020 and has served as vice chancellor of student affairs since 2015. Dr. Robinson’s time at the University of Arkansas spans more than 20 years, beginning as an assistant professor of history.

Study Finds Food Companies Increasingly Marketing Unhealthy Products to Blacks

Study Finds Food Companies Increasingly Marketing Unhealthy Products to Blacks

American food and beverage companies disproportionately target Black and Hispanic consumers with advertising for high-calorie, low-nutrient products, including candy, sugary drinks, and snacks, according to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health at the University of Connecticut.

Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State Names Faimous Harrison as Its Next President

Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State Names Faimous Harrison as Its Next President

Dr. Harrison has more than 20 years of experience working in the Washington state community and technical college system. He currently serves as dean of the Stockton campus of California State University, Stanislaus.

The Large Racial Gap in Educational Attainment Rates, Particularly for Men

The Large Racial Gap in Educational Attainment Rates, Particularly for Men

In 2021, 28.7 percent of African Americans over the age of 25 had obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. For Whites, the figure was 41.9 percent. White men were nearly twice as likely as Black men to hold an advanced degree.

Rosana Reyes Will Be the Next President of Lamar Community College in Colorado

Rosana Reyes Will Be the Next President of Lamar Community College in Colorado

Dr. Reyes currently serves as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Earlier, Dr. Reyes served as associate vice president of the Newburgh campus of the State University of New York. She will take on her new duties at Lamar Community College in March.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions

Associate professor of English Adrienne Brown has been appointed director of the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative. Bobby Donaldson is the inaugural holder of an endowed chair at the University of South Carolina, and Lisa T. Alexander was named the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Professor at the Boston College School of Law.

Florida A&M University to Establish a New Center on Indoor Air Quality

Florida A&M University to Establish a New Center on Indoor Air Quality

The new Indoor Air Quality Center of Excellence will recommend methods and technology to effectively improve indoor air quality with active air monitoring, filtering, and ventilation. The center also will facilitate workshops and training to educate the public on the importance of air quality monitoring and develop a Statewide IAQ Management Plan.

A Quartet of African Americans in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

A Quartet of African Americans in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Damon R. Wade at William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sherrie Johnson at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, Donte McFadden at the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System, and Ahyana King at Haverford  College in Pennsylvania.

Bowie State University Teacher Education Programs Buck the National Trend

Bowie State University Teacher Education Programs Buck the National Trend

While many teacher education programs across the country are showing declining enrollments, the opposite is true at historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland. The number of students enrolled in bachelor’s education programs at Bowie State grew from 221 students in 2018 to 319 in 2021, almost a 50 percent increase.

Imani Perry Wins the National Book Award for Nonfiction for South to America

Imani Perry Wins the National Book Award for Nonfiction for South to America

In accepting the award Professor Perry eloquently stated that “I write for my people. I write because we children of the lash-scarred, rope-choked, bullet-ridden, desecrated are still here, standing.”

Morris Brown College Partners With the Technical College System of Georgia

Morris Brown College Partners With the Technical College System of Georgia

Associate degree graduates of the 22 campuses of the Technical College System of Georgia can now seamlessly transfer as juniors to Morris Brown College to pursue bachelor’s degree programs in organizational management and leadership and hospitality management.

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Zebadiah Hall will be the first full-time vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Wyoming. Sandra Mitchell will become the inaugural senior diversity officer at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and Nicole Arleane Roberson is the new vice chancellor of diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

In Memoriam: Daniel L. Blash, 1968-2022

In Memoriam: Daniel L. Blash, 1968-2022

Since 2019, Daniel L. Blash was vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer for the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Earlier, he served as the assistant dean of diversity and inclusion at Washington University’s School of Medicine.

Black Student at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania Victimized in Racist Attack

Black Student at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania Victimized in Racist Attack

The Black student was walking on the street near campus when he was approached by two White males, according to police reports. The White men hurled racial slurs and then one of the attackers punched the Black student in the face.

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.

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.