Features

Three Black Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Three Black Academics Awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships

Of this year’s 23 MacArthur Fellows, four are African Americans and three have current ties to the academic world.

Higher Education: Putting Our Children on the Bus to Success

Higher Education: Putting Our Children on the Bus to Success

Professor Angela Mae Kupenda of the Mississippi College of Law offers a commentary on parents’ and other caregivers’ responsibility to put African American children on the path to success through higher education.

Twelve Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Twelve Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, it appears that 14 of the new members of the AAAS are African Americans. Twelve have current academic affiliations.

Creating the Talented Tenth

Creating the Talented Tenth

Christopher M. Span, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, discusses the university’s success in graduating Black and Latino/a doctoral students.

Black Americans in the 2016 Class of Truman Scholars

Black Americans in the 2016 Class of Truman Scholars

This year, 54 Truman scholars were selected from 775 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 54 Truman Scholars, it appears that nine, or 16.7 percent, are Black Americans.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

In 2009, only three of the nation’s high-ranking liberal arts colleges had entering classes that were at least 10 percent Black. This year there are seven, with another three schools close behind.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Slightly more than a decade ago in 2004, only two of the nation’s highest-ranked universities had incoming classes that were more than 10 percent Black. This year there are eight.

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

This year 32 Marshall Scholarships were awarded for American students to spend two years in graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom. It appears from JBHE research, that four of this year’s 32 winners are African Americans.

Four Black Women Win Rhodes Scholarships

Four Black Women Win Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Trust has announced the latest class of 32 American students who will study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. Of this year’s 32 American Rhodes Scholars, it appears that four are African Americans. All four are women.

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute for Medicine, has chosen five Black scholars among its new class of 70 fellows.

Three Black Scholars Named MacArthur Fellows

Three Black Scholars Named MacArthur Fellows

Of this year’s 24 MacArthur Fellows, three are Black scholars with ties to the academic world. They are Patrick Awuah, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and LaToya Ruby Frazier.

Albany State University in Georgia Announces a New Administrative Team

Albany State University in Georgia Announces a New Administrative Team

Albany State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, has announced a large number of high-level appointments to administrative positions at the educational institution.

Five Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Five Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows conducted by JBHE, it appears that eight of the new members of the AAAS are Black. Five of the eight have current ties to the academic world.

African Americans in the 2015 Class of Truman Scholars

African Americans in the 2015 Class of Truman Scholars

This year, 58 Truman scholars were selected from 688 candidates nominated by 297 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 58 Truman Scholars, it appears that 11, or 19 percent, are African Americans.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

A decade ago in 2004, only two of the nation’s highest-ranked universities had incoming classes that were more than 10 percent Black. This year there are eight. This is a major sign of progress for African Americans at our top universities.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

There are 74 Black first-year students at Amherst this fall. They make up 15.8 percent of the first-year class. This is largest percentage of Black first-year students at any of the high-ranking liberal arts colleges in the 21 years that JBHE has conducted this survey.

Five African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

Five African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

The Rhodes Trust has announced the latest class of 32 American students who will study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. It appears that five of the new Rhodes Scholars are African Americans.

African Americans Who Hold Endowed and Distinguished Professorships in Education

African Americans Who Hold Endowed and Distinguished Professorships in Education

The authors have identified 42 faculty members who hold endowed chairs in the field of education. Meanwhile, there are nine distinguished faculty in education.

My Brother’s Keeper: Some Gaps That May Keep the Nation From Making Progress Among Males of Color

My Brother’s Keeper: Some Gaps That May Keep the Nation From Making Progress Among Males of Color

D. Jason DeSousa offers suggestions to strengthen the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force’s final report.

Let's Create a National Endowment for HBCUs

Let’s Create a National Endowment for HBCUs

Professor Richard F. America calls for a national fundraising effort to strengthen historically Black colleges and universities well into the twenty-first century.

Healing Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Healing Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCU Preservation Foundation’s Stan Ashemore asks, “Why are we not there for HBCUs now as they were for us so many years ago?”

Seven African American Scholars Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Seven African American Scholars Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows conducted by JBHE, it appears that 11 of the 188 new American members of the AAAS are African Americans. Thus, African Americans make up only 5.9 percent of the new members of the academy.

Nine African Americans Awarded Truman Scholarships

Nine African Americans Awarded Truman Scholarships

This year, 59 Truman scholars were selected from 655 candidates nominated by 294 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 59 Truman Scholars, it appears that nine are African Americans.

Rebranding HBCUs

Rebranding HBCUs

Dr. Richard America offers his views on how historically Black colleges and universities can go about a transformation so that these higher education institutions can thrive in the twenty-first century.

A Treasure Trove of Historical Data on the History of Mental Illness Among African Americans

A Treasure Trove of Historical Data on the History of Mental Illness Among African Americans

Professor King Davis of the University of Texas is seeking funding to finish a monumental task of making decades of archival information on Black mental illness available to researchers.

Harvard's New Group of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Harvard’s New Group of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Black scholars who are among the new group of fellows are Christopher Emdin, Shose Kessi, Achille Mbembe, Mark Anthony Neal, Wole Soyinka, and Deborah Willis.

HBCUs Come to the Big Apple

HBCUs Come to the Big Apple

The Seventh Annual Big Apple Classic took place in New York City, pitting Virginia Union University against Virginia State University and Howard University against Delaware State University.

Three African Americans Win Rhodes Scholarships

Three African Americans Win Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Trust does not release data on the racial or ethnic identity of scholarship winners. But it appears that this year, three of the 32 Rhodes winners are African Americans.

Campus Lockdown Prompts Racist Reactions on Social Media

Campus Lockdown Prompts Racist Reactions on Social Media

When a woman at Southwestern University falsely claimed she was raped by a Black man, there was a flood of unsavory reactions on social media.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Here is some very good news. For the 29 high-ranking universities for which we have data for both this year and last, 20 universities showed gains over last year in Black student first-year enrollments.

The Discouraging Trend in Graduation Rates at HBCUs

The Discouraging Trend in Graduation Rates at HBCUs

Prior research has shown that the major reason that Black students drop out of college is money. And many HBCUs, as well as the families who send their students to these schools, have faced difficult economic times.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

For six of the last seven years, Amherst College in western Massachusetts has had the highest percentage of Black students in its entering class among the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges.

Six Black Scholars Join the Cornell University Faculty

Six Black Scholars Join the Cornell University Faculty

The new faculty members are Christopher A. Alabi, Matthew Clayton, Eve De Rosa, Oneka LaBennett, Jamila Michener, and Olufemi Taiwo.

Racial Hatred and Higher Education

Racial Hatred and Higher Education

Racially-biased incidents, like the highly publicized occurrences at Oberlin College, may not be aberrational in America’s academic environments.

Leading With My Vitae

Leading With My Vitae

Dr. Candice Dowd Barnes details her efforts to gain her students’ respect and acknowledgment that she belonged in the front of the classroom.

Pedagogy and Trayvon Martin

Pedagogy and Trayvon Martin

Dr. Natasha C. Pratt-Harris explores how the Trayvon Martin case will impact her teaching this fall at Morgan State University.