Monthly Archives: October 2017

Virginia Tech Study Finds American Youth Are Increasingly Exposed to Online Hate

James Hawdon, a professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, finds that the number of Americans ages 15 to 21 who are exposed to online extremist messages increased by over 20 percent, from 58.3 percent to 70.2 percent, between 2013 and 2016.

Clemson University Students Encouraging Reading at Black Barbershops

The Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program at Clemson University in South Carolina is now sending students to local barbershops each week to inform children — and their parents — on the importance of reading early and often.

Brown University Aims to Double the Number of Graduate Students From Underrepresented Groups

The 2016 Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan at Brown University called on the university to double the number of graduate students from historically underrepresented groups by 2022. It's off to a good start.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

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

University of Maryland Establishes the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

The new center will serve as a national hub for research, policy, professional standards, and consultation for universities on critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

The Very Large Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates Persists

The statistics show that 35.8 percent of Black students who enrolled at four-year colleges in 2010 had earned a diploma by 2016. For Whites, 60.7 percent of students who entered college in 2010 had graduated by 2016.

Arthur Dunning Retiring as President of Albany State University in Georgia

Dr. Dunning was named interim president of Albany State University in 2013 and was hired on a permanent basis in 2015. He successfully presided over the university during its merger with Darton State College.

Racial Disparities in College Enrollment and Retention in Los Angeles

A new study examines college enrollment and retention rates of graduates of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The data shows a high level of participation in college but low levels of successful completion.

Columbia University to Invest $100 Million in Faculty Diversity Programs

Over the next five years, Columbia University will invest $100 million in the effort to support recruitment and career development for professors, doctoral, and postdoctoral students who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education.

New Report Details Racial Differences in Parent Involvement in Their Children’s Education

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education examines the extent to which parents are involved in their children's education. Some of the data in the report is broken down by racial and ethnic group.

Leslie Howard Is the New Leader of Women and Mathematics Education

Leslie Howard is an adjunct associate professor of mathematics at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She has taught at Temple University and Drexel University, both in Philadelphia and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Bethune-Cookman Debuts New Master’s Degree Program in Athletic Training

Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, has begun a new master of athletic training degree program. The first cohort of students in the program have been immersed in a clinical rotation with the university's football program.

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Faculty Posts

Here is this week’s roundup of Black scholars who have been hired or assigned new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

A New Center for Women’s Business Opens at North Carolina HBCU

Elizabeth City State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, recently opened the Eastern Women's Business Center on campus. The goal of the center is to help women entrepreneurs open and operate new business enterprises in the area.

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Faculty Members

Professor Charles Ogletree is having an endowed chair named in his honor at Harvard Law School. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Florida State University was honored for lifetime achievement in dance and Trudier Harris of the University of Alabama has honored for being the first tenured Black faculty member at the College of William and Mary.

Albany State University’s Effort to Boost Black Male College Enrollments

Four years ago, 34 young men joined the program aimed at increasing the college enrollment rate of young Black males in the Dougherty County School System. This fall 23 of them enrolled in college and six joined the military.

A Quartet of African Americans Assuming New Administrative Posts at Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are Sheryl Haydel at Dillard University in New Orleans, Renarde D. Earl at North Carolina Central University in Durham, Jermaine Wright at the City University of New York, and Allia L. Carter at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

David A. Thomas Named the 12th President of Morehouse College

Dr. Thomas currently serves as the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is the former dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Embracing our First Responder Role as Academics – With Inspiration From Langston Hughes

Amid a slew of American crises, academics who want to further equality in the land have a very critical and continuing role as first responders.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Two Black Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs at Major Research Universities

Reginald Tucker-Seeley will be the inaugural holder of the Edward L. Schneider Chair in Gerontology at the University of Southern California and Keith A. Wailoo was named the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Voorhees College Appoints Three African Americans to Executive Posts

Herman Mason Jr. was named director of library services. Wilhelmenia Lee was appointed director of sponsored programs and LaSandra Robinson is the new director of admissions at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

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

Study Looks at Racial Gap Between Students and Teachers in the Nation’s Public Schools

The analysis by the Center for American Progress concluded that teacher diversity numbers have only gotten worse since a similar study by the center that was published in 2012. The new analysis found that California has the largest gap — 40 percentage points — between nonwhite students and teachers.

Clarence D. Armbrister Appointed the Fourteenth President of Johnson C. Smith University

Clarence Armbrister currently serves as president of Girard College, an independent college preparatory school in Philadelphia. Previously, he was senior vice president and chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and chief operating officer at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Americans Are Unaware of the Vast Racial Disparities in Economic Well-Being

The researchers weighed participants’ estimates on several economic indicators against federal data and found that average estimates of current levels of racial economic equality exceeded reality by roughly 25 percent.

African American Studies Granted Departmental Status at the University of Virginia

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia was established in 1981. Now, 36 years later it has been granted departmental status allowing it to function autonomously to develop curriculum and hire faculty.

University of Georgia Led Study Examines Huge Racial Disparity in Felony Convictions

The study determined that African American men were five times as likely as the general population to have served time in prison. The study also found that 8 percent of the overall population had been convicted of a felony at some point in their lives. But the rate for African American men is 33 percent.

Nathaniel Glover Announces He Will Step Down as President of Edward Waters College

In 1995, Nathaniel Glover was elected as the first African American sheriff in Florida in more than 100 years and the first African American sheriff in the history of Jacksonville. He was named the 29th president of Edward Waters College in 2011.

Clark Atlanta University Wins Court Ruling to Regain 13 Acres of Valuable Land

In 1940, what is now Clark Atlanta University deeded 13 acres of land to Morris Brown College. The agreement stated that ownership of the land would revert back to the university if the property no longer was used for educational purposes. That 1940 agreement has been upheld. The land is adjacent to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Delaware State University Joins Partnership to Help the City of Wilmington

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, has entered into an agreement with the University of Delaware and the city of Wilmington that will benefit the people of the city and lead to learning opportunities for students.

New Assignments for Nine Black Faculty Members in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of Black scholars who have been hired or assigned new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Bethune-Cookman University Expands Its Recruitment Activites in The Bahamas

A goal of the Bahamas Initiative is the establishment of articulation agreements with schools and other agencies in The Bahamas that will lead to increased enrollments of Bahamian students at Bethune-Cookman, especially in the STEM fields with a research focus.

Four Black Scholars Receive Prestigious Honors or Awards

The honorees are Barbara Krauthamer of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Chinyere Oparah of Mills College in Oakland, California, Livingston Alexander of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and Anthony K. Wutoh of Howard University.

Southern University Reports a Turnaround in Enrollments

Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, reports that for the first time in seven years, there has been significant increases in enrollments. The university reports that the number of new first-time students is up 13 percent from a year ago.

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