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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.

University of Delaware Professor Honored by the Association of Black Women Historians

University of Delaware Professor Honored by the Association of Black Women Historians

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Blue and Gold Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware, is the winner of the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Historians.

Black Students at Penn Subjected to Racial Hate by an Off-Campus Group

Black Students at Penn Subjected to Racial Hate by an Off-Campus Group

Although the origins of the racist group text messages appear to have no connection whatsoever to the university, Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, quickly voiced her disgust.

Marilyn Nelson Wins the $25,000 Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature

Marilyn Nelson Wins the $25,000 Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

Marilyn Nelson is a professor emerita at the University of Connecticut. Professor Nelson is a winner of the Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Award three times. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Nelson was the poet laureate of the state of Connecticut.

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.

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.

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of news of African Americans who have been appointed to administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In Memoriam: James F. Tucker, 1925-2016

In Memoriam: James F. Tucker, 1925-2016

Dr. Tucker served as president of Virginia State from 1968 to 1970 and then served on the economics faculty and was the director of the Center for Economic Education at Virginia Tech from 1970 to 1974.

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.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Research Focuses on Early Black Coal Miners in Appalachia

Research Focuses on Early Black Coal Miners in Appalachia

A new exhibit examining the lives of Black coal miners who migrated from the South to work in Appalachian mines in the early part of the twentieth century is now on display at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

The New President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

The New President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Monica J. Posey has served as interim president for the past eight months. Previously, she was provost and academic vice president. According to the college, Dr. Posey is the first African American woman president of a major educational institution in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.

New Reports Shows Progress in African American College Enrollments and Degree Attainments

New Reports Shows Progress in African American College Enrollments and Degree Attainments

The report from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the University of Pennsylvania show no relative progress in degree attainments for lower income groups. But African Americans have made gains in college enrollments and degrees earned.

John Edgar Wideman Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

John Edgar Wideman Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

This year 12 new members were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. One of the 12 new members is an African American: John Edgar Wideman, the Asa Messer Professor and professor of Africana studies and literary arts at Brown University.

New Partnership Seeks to Increase Study Abroad Opportunities for HBCU Students

New Partnership Seeks to Increase Study Abroad Opportunities for HBCU Students

African Americans are about 13 percent of all undergraduate students but only 5.6 percent of the students who study abroad. A new partnership aims to increase study abroad opportunities for students at all minority serving educational institutions.

Researchers Call for an End to the Use of Genetic Concepts of Race in Biological Research

Researchers Call for an End to the Use of Genetic Concepts of Race in Biological Research

A group of scholars from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University in Philadelphia, and the American Museum of Natural History write that the concept of race in biological research “is problematic at best and harmful at worst.”

Study Finds Racial Gap in Salaries of Business School Graduates

Study Finds Racial Gap in Salaries of Business School Graduates

The data showed that Black and White graduates of business schools earned similar salaries in their first jobs after graduating from business school. But six to eight years after leaving business schools a significant racial gap had opened up.

In Memoriam: Bryan R. Washington, 1958-2015

In Memoriam: Bryan R. Washington, 1958-2015

Bryan Washington was an associate professor emeritus of English at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at Lafayette College in 1987 and was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in 1994.

Monica Monroe Named Dean of Students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Monica Monroe Named Dean of Students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Monroe has been serving as a lecturer in law and as associate dean of students at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She has taught at the law school since 2004.

Duke to Further Recognize the Black Man Who Designed Many Buildings on Its Campus

Duke to Further Recognize the Black Man Who Designed Many Buildings on Its Campus

Julian Abele designed many of the Gothic buildings on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. But because of his race, the university did not originally celebrate the architect of many of its most important structures.

New Evidence of the Dangers of Lead Exposure for African American Children

New Evidence of the Dangers of Lead Exposure for African American Children

Black children were nearly three times more likely than White children to have very high lead levels in their blood. Studies have shown a correlation between lead exposure and sleep problems, lower academic test scores, and behavioral and neurological disorders.

Black Canadian Woman From the University of Pennsylvania Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Black Canadian Woman From the University of Pennsylvania Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Adebisi (Debi) Ogunrinde, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded one of the 11 Rhodes Scholarships from Canada. She will pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology and a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Oxford.

In Memoriam: Sybil C. Mobley, 1925-2015

In Memoriam: Sybil C. Mobley, 1925-2015

Dr. Mobley was named chair of the business department at Florida A&M University in 1970 and in 1974 became the founding dean of the School of Business and Industry. She served in that role until her retirement in 2003.

Higher Mortality Rates for All Races in Communities With High Levels of Racial Prejudice

Higher Mortality Rates for All Races in Communities With High Levels of Racial Prejudice

The data showed that communities with a higher level of anti-Black prejudice had a death rate for people of all races that averaged 24 percent higher than in communities with low levels of racial prejudice.

Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.

Report Documents Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline in Southern States

Report Documents Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline in Southern States

A new study by researchers at University of Pennsylvania found that in one recent academic year, 1.2 million Black students nationwide were suspended from public K-12 schools. Some 55 percent of those suspensions occurred in 13 southern states.

Penn Study Finds Fixing Up Abandoned Buildings in Inner Cities Can Reduce Crime Rates

Penn Study Finds Fixing Up Abandoned Buildings in Inner Cities Can Reduce Crime Rates

Near buildings where new windows and doors were installed, crime rates were down compared to neighborhoods were buildings were not renovated. Gun violence was down by 39 percent.

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Four African Americans

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Four African Americans

The appointees are Dallas A. Grundy at the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Chambers at SUNY-Oneonta, Darnell T. Parker at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and Donna A. Lee at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Three Black Scholars With Ties to Academic Medicine Win Awards

Three Black Scholars With Ties to Academic Medicine Win Awards

The honorees are Judith Green-McKenzie of the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Payne of Duke University, and Marie Chisholm-Burns of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Three African Americans at Leading Universities Receive Prestigious Honors

Three African Americans at Leading Universities Receive Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Roland G. Fryer Jr., the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard, assistant professor Stephen M. Avery of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Iris Outlaw, director of multicultural student programs and services at the University of Notre Dame.

Jason Wingard Named Dean of Continuing Education at Columbia University

Jason Wingard Named Dean of Continuing Education at Columbia University

Currently, Dr. Wingard is the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment firm. Earlier, he was vice dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he led the executive education program.

Two Black Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions

Two Black Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions

Jeannine Bell was appointed the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at Indiana University and Donita Brady was named Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.

The Next President of Huston-Tillotson University

The Next President of Huston-Tillotson University

Colette Pierce Burnette served on the staff at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, from 1999 to 2012 in such roles as vice president for administration, chief financial officer, vice president for information technology, and chief information officer.

Vanderbilt's Black Studies Research Center Renamed to Honor Callie House

Vanderbilt’s Black Studies Research Center Renamed to Honor Callie House

The African American and Diaspora Studies Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently renamed its research arm the Callie House Research Center for the Study of Black Cultures and Politics.

Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

There are 248 two-year institutions eligible for the designation of minority serving institution. These institutions make up 22 percent of the 1,132 community colleges nationwide.

Paul Drayton Jr. Named President of Burlington County College

Paul Drayton Jr. Named President of Burlington County College

Since 2010, Drayton has served as Burlington County Administrator. Previously, he served as director of special projects at Temple University in Philadelphia and taught at the University of Pennsylvania.