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The Progress of the Ivy League in Admitting Black Students

The Progress of the Ivy League in Admitting Black Students

A decade ago, there 1,110 Black students in the entering classes at the eight Ivy League schools. In 2016, there are 1,503, a 35 percent increase. Four of the eight Ivy League schools have an entering class that is more than 11 percent Black. A decade ago, the leader stood at 9.6 percent.

The New President of Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio

The New President of Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio

Since 2015, Dr. Michael Joseph Brown has been serving as academic dean and interim president at the seminary. Previously, he was an associate professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Emory University in Atlanta.

An Increase in Scholars From Sub-Saharan Nations Teaching at U.S. Colleges and Universities

An Increase in Scholars From Sub-Saharan Nations Teaching at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2014-15 academic year, there were 1,989 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. This is up nearly 8 percent after a 13 percent decline the previous year.

Jonathan Holloway to Be the Next Provost at Northwestern University

Jonathan Holloway to Be the Next Provost at Northwestern University

Dr. Holloway is dean of Yale College and the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies. He will begin his new duties as provost at Northwestern University in the summer of 2017.

Paula McClain Appointed to a New Term as Dean of the Graduate School at Duke University

Paula McClain Appointed to a New Term as Dean of the Graduate School at Duke University

Paula McClain, a professor of political science at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was initially named dean in 2012 and will now serve through June 30, 2022. Professor McClain has been on the faculty at Duke University since 2000.

Black Enrollments in Higher Education Continue to Decline

Black Enrollments in Higher Education Continue to Decline

Over the past two years, African American enrollments in higher education have decreased by more than 270,000, or 6.6 percent. The Black percentage of total enrollments has dropped from 14.4 percent to 13.9 percent over the past two years.

Black Men Clean Up at the National Book Awards

Black Men Clean Up at the National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation recently announced the winners of the National Book Awards in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. African American men were winners in three of the four categories.

Blaming Black Voters for the Defeat of Hillary Clinton Is Not Justified

Blaming Black Voters for the Defeat of Hillary Clinton Is Not Justified

While it is true that higher Black turnout in some key battleground states would have changed the election result, it is unfair to place the blame on Black voters for Hillary Clinton’s defeat.

Danielle Allen Named University Professor at Harvard University

Danielle Allen Named University Professor at Harvard University

Danielle Allen was appointed the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, effective January 1. This is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member at Harvard. Currently there are 24 University Professors at Harvard.

Black Studies Achieves Departmental Status at Washington University in St. Louis

Black Studies Achieves Departmental Status at Washington University in St. Louis

As a full department, African and African American studies will be better positioned to set curriculum and drive hiring decisions. Gerald Early, the Merle King Professor of Modern Letters, will serve as the inaugural chair of the new department.

The Higher Education of the First Black Woman Diocesan Bishop of the Episcopal Church

The Higher Education of the First Black Woman Diocesan Bishop of the Episcopal Church

On September 11, 2001, Rev. Baskerville-Burrows was in Trinity Church in lower Manhattan just blocks away from the World Trade Center. Next April she will become the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

Makerere University in Uganda Ordered Closed by Country's President

Makerere University in Uganda Ordered Closed by Country’s President

Makerere University, one of the oldest and most prestigious higher educational institutions in Africa, has been closed by order of Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda. The president stated that he was forced to close the university to “guarantee safety of persons and property” after a strike by lecturers and violent protests by students.

A Change in Leadership at Alabama State University in Montgomery

A Change in Leadership at Alabama State University in Montgomery

By a vote of 8-6, the board of trustees of Alabama State University voted to suspend Gwendolyn Boyd from her position as president of the university. President Boyd was charged with “failure to maintain the confidence of the board.” Provost Leon Wilson was named interim president.

Rod Paige to Lead Jackson State University in Mississippi

Rod Paige to Lead Jackson State University in Mississippi

In 2001, Rod Paige became the first African American to serve as Secretary of Education. In this role, he led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Paul Beatty Wins the 2016 Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty Wins the 2016 Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty, who teaches at Columbia University in New York, is not only the first African American to win the distinguished award, he is the first American to do so.

Barbara Ransby Elected President of the National Women's Studies Association

Barbara Ransby Elected President of the National Women’s Studies Association

Barbara Ransby is the Distinguished Professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her two-year term as president will begin at the conclusion of the association’s annual conference in Montreal in November.

Michael Drake to Chair the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities

Michael Drake to Chair the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities

Michael V. Drake is the 15th president of Ohio State University and the first African American to hold that post. He will serve as vice chair of the board of directors of the association for one year and then become chair in 2017.

Carolyn Meyers Announces Her Resignation as President of Jackson State University

Carolyn Meyers Announces Her Resignation as President of Jackson State University

A year ago, Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University, had her contract extended for another four years. Now, she has resigned after it was revealed that the university’s financial situation has deteriorated.

Two African Americans Appointed to Terms as Deans

Two African Americans Appointed to Terms as Deans

Luke Powery was appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Cornelia Sewell-Allen is the new dean of student life at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

University Researchers Make a Breakthrough in Finding a Cure for Sickle Cell Disease

University Researchers Make a Breakthrough in Finding a Cure for Sickle Cell Disease

Scientists have used gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients. In tests with mice, the genetically engineered stem cells remained for at least four months after transplantation.

Government Reports Decline in Death Rates for Breast Cancer: But Racial Disparities Persist

Government Reports Decline in Death Rates for Breast Cancer: But Racial Disparities Persist

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new data showing a decline in death rates for breast cancer from 2010 to 2014. But the data showed that the decline in death rates was faster for White women than for Black women. This was particularly true for older Black women.

Michael Tidwell to Be the Next President of the University of Texas at Tyler

Michael Tidwell to Be the Next President of the University of Texas at Tyler

Michael V. Tidwell has been named the sole finalist to become president of the University of Texas at Tyler. Under state law, the board must wait 21 days after the announcement to make the appointment official. Tidwell is dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University.

Hardin Coleman Will Step Down as Dean of Boston University's School of Education

Hardin Coleman Will Step Down as Dean of Boston University’s School of Education

Dr. Coleman will take a one-year sabbatical and then return to Boston University as a full-time faculty member in master’s degree programs in family therapy and school counseling and as director of the Center for Character & Social Responsibility.

A Deep Racial Divide Over National Anthem Protests

A Deep Racial Divide Over National Anthem Protests

A new survey conducted by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, has found a wide racial disparity among adult Americans on their support of professional and collegiate athletes who have conducted protests during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of athletic competitions.

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little, the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, announced that she will step down at the end of the current academic year. When she was named chancellor in 2009, Dr. Gray-Little became the first woman and the first African American in history to hold the position.

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

Naylor, who taught creative writing at several universities, was best known for her her 1982 novel The Women of Brewster Place, for which she won the National Book Award for the best first novel.

The Persisting Large Racial Gap in SAT Score Results

The Persisting Large Racial Gap in SAT Score Results

The College Board recently released data on the scores of the SAT college entrance examination for the high school graduating class of 2016. The average combined score on the three SAT sections for Blacks was 1270. This is 302 points below the average combined score for Whites, which stood at 1572.

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon is currently executive vice president at Wilmington University. When she takes office on July 1, she will become the first African American women to serve as president of a university in the state of Delaware.

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The lack of money for higher education is of particular concern to the African American community. Large numbers of young Black Americans who come from low-income families don’t even bother to consider pursuing higher education because of the cost.

David H. Swinton Announces He Will Step Down as President of Benedict College

David H. Swinton Announces He Will Step Down as President of Benedict College

Dr. Swinton will have served as president of the historically Black educational institution in Columbia, South Carolina, for 23 years, the longest-serving president in the college’s history. Upon his retirement in June 2017, he will hold the title of president emeritus of Benedict College.

Large Racial Gaps Remain in Graduate School Enrollments in Some STEM Fields

Large Racial Gaps Remain in Graduate School Enrollments in Some STEM Fields

Blacks made up nearly 18 percent of new graduate enrollments in public administration and 12 percent in education, business, and social and behavioral sciences. But Blacks were just 3.2 percent of all new graduate enrollments in the physical sciences.

Mickey Burnim to Step Down From Presidency of Bowie State University

Mickey Burnim to Step Down From Presidency of Bowie State University

Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, announced that he will step down at the end of the current academic year on June 30, 2017. When he retires, he will have led the university for nearly 11 years.

Incomes Rise But the Stubborn Racial Income Gap Persists

Incomes Rise But the Stubborn Racial Income Gap Persists

The persisting and large income gap between Blacks and Whites in the United States has major implications on access to quality higher education. Whites are three times as likely as Blacks to come from high-income households that do not have to worry about affording the costs of higher education.

U.S. News Names Its Choices for the Best Black Colleges and Universities

U.S. News Names Its Choices for the Best Black Colleges and Universities

As was the case last year, Spelman College in Atlanta was ranked as the nation’s best HBCU. Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Hampton University in Virginia held the second and third spots this year as they did a year ago.

Paine College Loses Accreditation, But Court Injunction Maintains Status Quo

Paine College Loses Accreditation, But Court Injunction Maintains Status Quo

Without accreditation, students at Paine College will be ineligible for federal financial aid programs. Currently, about 95 percent of Paine College students participate in federal financial aid programs.

University of Kentucky Decides to Unveil Controversial Mural It Had Covered Up

University of Kentucky Decides to Unveil Controversial Mural It Had Covered Up

The mural, painted in the 1930s by artist Ann Rice O’Hanlon, had been criticized for its portrayal of African Americans and American Indians in scenes depicting the history of the city of Lexington, home to the university. One image shows slaves picking cotton.