Monthly Archives: April 2012

Two African American Scholars Honored by the American Educational Research Association

The American Educational Research Association recently honored Jeraldo F.L. Jackson and Robert T. Palmer for their scholarship relating to diversity.

University of Virginia Establishes Endowed Chair to Honor Retiring Professor Julian Bond

Julian Bond, the civil rights leaders and former chair of the NAACP, has spent the last 20 years on the history department faculty at the University of Virginia. He is retiring this week.

University of Hartford Grad Looks to Be First Black GOP Congresswoman

The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she converted to Mormonism, moved to Utah and was elected mayor of the town of Saratoga Springs.

New Online Archive of the Papers of the Founder of North Carolina Central University

James E. Shepard established the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race. The first classes were held in 1910.

Two HBCUs Join the Common Application Membership Association

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and Dillard University join five previous HBCU members that accept the common application.

Xavier University of Louisiana Honored by Catholic Charities USA

The university was presented with the Centennial Medal from Catholic Charities USA for its commitment to racial equality in higher education.

Is the National African American Spelling Bee a Good Idea?

A new event offers many young African American students the opportunity to compete on a national level in spelling competitions.

Study Finds HBCU Faculty Are More Supportive of Students Than Faculty at Other Schools

Faculty members at historically Black colleges and universities are more likely than their peers at predominately White institutions to engage in "educationally purposeful" activities both in and outside the classroom.

Schott Foundation Report Finds Vast Racial Inequities in New York City Public Schools

Black students are four times as likely as Asian or White students to be enrolled in the poorest performing schools.

The Huge Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

Only 39.5 percent of Black students who entered four-year-college bachelor's degree programs in 2004, earned their degree within six years.

University of Kansas Scholar Wins Emerging Playwright Award

Darren Canady will be honored at the national conference of the American Theatre Critics Association.

The New Director of The Design School at Arizona State University

Currently, Craig Barton is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia.

Calvin Johnson to Lead the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Dr. Johnson is the former dean of the College of Education at the university and served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for six years.

Texas A&M University to Admit Two Posses of 10 Students in 2013

In the fall of 2013, two posses of students, one from Atlanta and one from Houston, will enroll on the College Station campus.

Pamela Anthony Is a Finalist for Dean of Students at the University of Colorado and Iowa State

She currently is assistant dean of students at Georgia State University.

Black Admits Increase Slightly at the University of California

But the number of Black students admitted to Berkeley and UCLA has declined from a year ago.

Layli Maparyan Named Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women

The Spelman College graduate currently serves as an associate professor of women's studies and African American studies at Georgia State University.

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia Opens at Ferris State University

The new $1.3 million, 3,300-square-foot museum's collection includes more than 9,000 artifacts.

Two African Americans Are Among Four Finalists for Dean of Students at Iowa State University

Pamela Anthony of Georgia State University and Miron Billingsley of Prairie View A&M University in Texas are the two African American candidates.

In Memoriam: Bertha D. Minus

Since 2009, she served as vice president for academic affairs at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida.

The University of Wisconsin Takes the Lead in Advancing Diversity in Engineering Ph.D. Programs

Over the past decade, about 350 minority students have earned Ph.D.s in engineering nationwide. Forty-five of them have participated in the GERS program.

Central State University Announces Four Finalists for President’s Post

Johnson Akinleye, Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Helen E. Jones-Kelley, and Maurice Taylor are the four candidates to lead the historically Black university in Ohio.

In Memoriam: LeRoy Tashreau Walker (1918-2012)

Chancellor emeritus at North Carolina Central University, he was the first African American president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Three African American Women Named to Prestigious Posts in Higher Education

The new appointees are Marlene Helm at Midway College, Belinda Anderson at Norfolk State University, and Carolyn Tucker at the University of Florida.

Honors for Four Black Women in Higher Education

Wanda Spurlock, Denise Ghartey, Bernadette Nwafor, and Ruth J. Simmons are the honorees.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

Recent Books That May Be 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. Here are the latest selections.

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.

Fisk University Sees the Light at the End of the Tunnel in Long-Running Legal Dispute

The Tennessee Supreme Court has sided with Fisk in its attempt to share its art collection with a museum in Arkansas.

Paine College Suspended from Perkins Loan Program

An audit found that the college did not return unused financial aid money to the federal government for students who dropped out of school during the 2010-11 academic year.

Study Finds Dropout Rates for Black Students Are Higher at Charter Schools

Black students at charter schools in Austin, Dallas, and Houston had a dropout rate of 13 percent compared to a drop out rate of 4 percent for Black students in urban public schools.

Duke University Study Finds Racial Disparity in Convictions by All-White Juries

When the jury pool was all White, Black defendants were convicted 81 percent of the time. When the defendant was White, the conviction rate was 66 percent.

Universities Honored for Their Efforts to Increase Retention of Minority Engineering Students

The three winners of the National Society of Black Engineer's Impact Award are Michigan State University, the University of Houston, and the University of Maryland-College Park.

An Educational Success Story of African American Male Students in Chicago

For the third year in a row, all graduating seniors at Urban Prep Academies in Chicago have been accepted into four-year colleges.

Wayne State University Law School Receives Papers of Congressman John Conyers

Representatives John Conyers, the former chair of the House Judiciary Committee, earned his law degree at Wayne State in 1958.

Nooses Found on the Campus of the University of West Florida

Two nooses were found on the campus of the University of West Florida in Pensacola. One was found last Saturday and a second noose was found on Monday.

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