Professional Schools

Texas Tech Medical School Will No Longer Use Race as a Factor in Admissions Decisions

Texas Tech Medical School Will No Longer Use Race as a Factor in Admissions Decisions

This is the first agreement reached between the Trump administration and a college to forgo using race as a factor in the admissions process.

Verna L. Williams Is the New Leader of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati

Verna L. Williams Is the New Leader of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati

Professor Williams joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2001. She has been serving as interim dean since May 2017. She also holds the title of Nippert Professor of Law.

American Bar Association Defeats Measure That May Have Harmed HBCU Law Schools

American Bar Association Defeats Measure That May Have Harmed HBCU Law Schools

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates recently rejected a resolution that would have required law schools to have a bar passage rate in excess of 75 percent or face the risk of losing accreditation. Law schools at HBCUs tend to have low bar passage rates.

The CUNY School of Medicine is a Leader in Producing Minority Physicians

The CUNY School of Medicine is a Leader in Producing Minority Physicians

In 2018, the Association of American Medical Colleges cited the City University of New York School of Medicine as the fifth top medical school in the country for recruitment of Black and African-American students, exceeded only by the four historically Black medical schools.

Michael Thomas Jr. Becomes Fourth Black President of the Harvard Law Review

Michael Thomas Jr. Becomes Fourth Black President of the Harvard Law Review

Michael Thomas Jr. has been elected the 132nd president of the Harvard Law Review, making him the fourth African-American to hold the position. The first Black president of the Review was Barack Obama.

Black Students Show Some Progress in Medical School Enrollments

Black Students Show Some Progress in Medical School Enrollments

This academic year, 1,540 Black students enrolled at a U.S. medical school. They made up 7.1 percent of all medical school matriculants. The number of Black students enrolling in medical schools is up 14 percent from the 2015-16 academic year. Women were nearly 61 percent of all Black medical school matriculants.

Yale University Scholar Urges a More Holistic Approach to Medical School Admissions

Yale University Scholar Urges a More Holistic Approach to Medical School Admissions

Inginia Genao, of the department of medicine at Yale University believes that the standardized Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) has created an unfair barrier for African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities aspiring to start medical school.

Undergraduate Institutions That Feed the Most Black Students to U.S. Medical Schools

Undergraduate Institutions That Feed the Most Black Students to U.S. Medical Schools

In the 2017 academic year, 118 graduates of Howard University in Washington, D.C., applied to U.S. medical schools. This was the most in the nation. Xavier University of Louisiana, with a much smaller number of total graduates, ranked second and had 103 students apply to medical schools.

New Agreement Will Ease Transition of Alcorn State Students to the College of Pharmacy at Ole Miss

New Agreement Will Ease Transition of Alcorn State Students to the College of Pharmacy at Ole Miss

Alcorn State students who excel in pre-pharmacy courses and who have been active participants in community service programs will be able to take advantage of the University of Mississippi College of Pharmacy’s Preferred Admission Program.

Charles Whitaker to Lead the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University

Charles Whitaker to Lead the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University

Professor Whitaker holds the Helen Gurley Brown Magazine Chair and is the associate dean of journalism at the Medill School. He joined the faculty at the journalism school in 1993. He will become interim dean on July 1.

How Well Do Graduates of Law Schools at HBCUs Perform on Bar Examinations?

How Well Do Graduates of Law Schools at HBCUs Perform on Bar Examinations?

The statistics show than nearly 90 percent of all 2015 law school graduates had passed a state bar examination within two years of graduating from law school. All of law schools at HBCUs had bar passage rates below the national average.

The Medical Schools With the Most Black Students

The Medical Schools With the Most Black Students

As expected, the three historically Black medical schools have the largest number of Black students. Among the predominantly White medical schools, the largest number of Black students is at Indiana University. Four U.S. medical schools have no Black students.

University of Georgia School of Law Looks to Increase Diversity

University of Georgia School of Law Looks to Increase Diversity

The University of Georgia School of Law has announced the establishment of the Benham Scholars Program aimed at increasing diversity at the law school. The new program is named after Robert Benham, the first African American justice on the Georgia Supreme Court.

The Drake University Law School Partners With 100 Black Men of America

The Drake University Law School Partners With 100 Black Men of America

Under the new agreement, Drake students who are part of the nonprofit organization’s Collegiate 100 program and who meet established criteria will be automatically be admitted to the law school’s juris doctorate program.

A Checkup on African American Students Entering U.S. Medical Schools

A Checkup on African American Students Entering U.S. Medical Schools

This year 21,338 students entered medical school for the first time. Of these, 1,775 identified themselves as Black or African American. Thus, Blacks made up 8.3 percent of new entrants to U.S. medical schools.

Harvard Law School Honors Slaves Whose Labor Produced Wealth That Led to the School's Founding

Harvard Law School Honors Slaves Whose Labor Produced Wealth That Led to the School’s Founding

Harvard University recently dedicated a plaque in the Harvard Law School plaza to honor the slaves who created the wealth which enabled Isaac Royall Jr. to provide funds for the establishment of the law school in 1817. The Royall family generated wealth from the slave trade and the operation of a sugar plantation in Antigua.

The Business Schools With the Most Faculty From Underrepresented Groups

The Business Schools With the Most Faculty From Underrepresented Groups

The survey by the PhD Project found that there are 22 faculty members from underrepresented groups at the business school at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. This was the largest number of any business school in the United States.

Milton Curry Named Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California

Milton Curry Named Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California

Professor Curry currently serves as associate dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 2010.

The New Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at New York University

The New Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at New York University

According to the university, lawyers today cannot fully understand the American legal landscape without studying the relationship between race, ethnicity, and economic inequality.

Marcilynn Burke Named the Next Dean of the University of Oregon School of Law

Marcilynn Burke Named the Next Dean of the University of Oregon School of Law

She currently serves as associate dean and associate professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2009, Burke was named deputy director for programs and policy at the Bureau of Land Management of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

From the National Football League to the Study of Otolaryngology

From the National Football League to the Study of Otolaryngology

Samkon Gado is in his second year of a five-year residency in otolaryngology at Saint Louis University. Dr. Gado, who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria at the age of 9, played for six years in the National Football League before entering medical school.

New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law Honors Julian Bond

New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law Honors Julian Bond

Julian Bond, the noted civil rights leader, legislator, author, NAACP chair, and long-time faculty member at the University of Virginia who died in 2015, was the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The First Black Woman to Lead the Harvard Law Review

The First Black Woman to Lead the Harvard Law Review

The first edition of the Harvard Law Review was published in 1887. It has the largest circulation of any law journal in the world. Now, for the first time in 131 years, a Black woman will serve as president of the law review.

Racial Differences in Law School Scholarships and Debt Levels

Racial Differences in Law School Scholarships and Debt Levels

The 2015 Law School Survey of Student Engagement found that 61 percent of Black law school graduates and 40 percent of White law school graduate had accumulated more than $100,000 in student loan debt. White students were more likely than Black students to receive merit scholarships.

Study Documents the Severity of the Racial Gap in Dentistry

Study Documents the Severity of the Racial Gap in Dentistry

The study, by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and in the dental department of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York, found that for racial parity to prevail with the Black population, an additional 19,714 African American dentists would be needed.

Biology Scholars Program at Cornell University Propels Black Students to Graduate School

Biology Scholars Program at Cornell University Propels Black Students to Graduate School

Since 2010 there have been 120 Biology Scholars who have graduated from the university. More than 90 percent of those who applied to medical school were accepted and enrolled. Another 19 students are enrolled in Ph.D. programs and three are enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs.

A Healthy Increase in Black Students at U.S. Medical Schools

A Healthy Increase in Black Students at U.S. Medical Schools

This year 21,020 students entered medical school for the first time. Of these, 1,771 identified themselves as Black or African American. This is an increase of nearly 27 percent from three years ago. In 2016, Blacks made up 8.4 percent of new entrants to U.S. medical schools.

Columbia University to Open a New Wellness Center in West Harlem

Columbia University to Open a New Wellness Center in West Harlem

The new Wellness Center will house the Community Health Worker Stroke Prevention program and the Mental Health First Aid program. The Wellness Center will also provide free blood pressure readings and cholesterol tests.

Survey Finds Large Percentage of Graduate Students of Color at Yale Face Bias

Survey Finds Large Percentage of Graduate Students of Color at Yale Face Bias

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate at Yale University released a new survey that found that more than 70 percent of all Black graduate or professional students reported incidents of bias, harassment or discrimination.

Medical University of South Carolina Becoming More Diverse

Medical University of South Carolina Becoming More Diverse

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Medical University of South Carolina enrolls the fifth highest number of African American students among medical schools that are not considered historically Black institutions.

Thirty NFL Players Complete an Executive MBA Program at the University of Miami

Thirty NFL Players Complete an Executive MBA Program at the University of Miami

Some 30 current or former players in the National Football League, most of them African Americans, were among the program’s first graduating class.

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

During the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Florida graduated 109 students who applied to U.S. medical schools. This was 2.2 percent of all Black students who applied to medical schools in the United States. Nearly 14 percent of all graduates of Spelman College applied to medical school.

Linda Scott Is a Finalist for Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Scott Is a Finalist for Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Scott is the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves as an associate professor of health systems science and director of graduate studies.

Camille A. Nelson Named Dean of the Law School at American University

Camille A. Nelson Named Dean of the Law School at American University

Professor Nelson was dean of the Suffolk University Law School in Boston from 2010 to 2015. Earlier, she taught at the law school of Saint Louis University. A native of Jamaica, Professor Nelson was the first Black woman to clerk for Canada’s highest court.

Michelle Williams to Lead the Harvard School of Public Health

Michelle Williams to Lead the Harvard School of Public Health

Since 2011, Dr. Williams has served as the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and chair of the department of epidemiology at the school. Earlier she taught at the University of Washington.

Yale Bestows Further Honors on the First Black Person to Donate Money to the University

Yale Bestows Further Honors on the First Black Person to Donate Money to the University

Mary K. Goodman, a Black laundry woman in New Haven, Connecticut, died in 1872. She left her life savings of $5,000 to Yale University to support the education of African American divinity students.