Monthly Archives: October 2020

Report Finds that “It’s Time to Worry About College Enrollment Declines Among Blacks”

The percentage of young White Americans with at least an associate's degree is 19 percentage points higher than for young Black adults. Absent significant increases in graduation rates, declines in the number of Black students in college will make it hard to shrink their attainment gap relative to White students.

Jermaine Whirl Chosen to Be the Next President of Augusta Technical College

Dr. Whirl has been serving as vice president for learning and workforce development and vice president for economic development and corporate training at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. He will begin his new job on November 3.

Northwestern University Scholar Finds That Whites Underestimate the Extent of Racial Inequality

A new study by Ivuoma Ngozi Onyeador, an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, finds that White Americans have a far more optimistic view of the racial progress that has been made since the 1960s than is actually the case.

Vanderbilt University Attracts a Major Black Scholar to Its Faculty

Currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Michael Eric Dyson will join the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on January 1 as a University Distinguished Professor in African American and diaspora studies with a joint appointment in the Divinity School.

Research Shows How College Libraries Can Better Serve Black Students

Researchers at Duke University found that students reported a general feeling that both Duke and Duke Libraries, while not actively hostile or racist, are complicit in their silence. Students do not see enough visible actions and signs supporting diversity and inclusion.

Three African American Women Appointed to University Dean Positions

Stephanie Dance-Barnes was appointed dean of the College of Science and Health at DePaul University in Chicago. Stacy Gee Hollins was named dean of the School of Business at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and Isi Ero-Tolliver is the new interim dean of the School of Science at Hampton University in Virginia.

A Quartet of African American Women Scholars in New Teaching Positions

Taking on new faculty assignments are Candice Price at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin at Pennsylvania State University, Shatema Threadcraft at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and Charrise Barron at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Tuskegee University in Alabama Has Announced a 3+3 Bachelor’s/Juris Doctorate Program

The 3+3 program creates a pathway for Tuskegee University students to receive a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee and a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham in only six years of study, rather than the traditional seven.

Universities Appoint Five African Americans to Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative roles are Jovette Dew at Oklahoma State University, Leonard Brown at Norfolk State University in Virginia, Melba V. Pearson at Florida International University, Rashad Young at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Eric Sullivan at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

Spelman College in Atlanta Forms Partnership With Carrier Corporation

Carrier Corporation, a leading global provider of healthy, safe, and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, has made a five-year commitment with Spelman College that will create two programs to prepare Spelman students to enter the workforce.

Harvard Business School Renames Building to Honor Its First Black Tenured Faculty Member

James I. Cash was the first African American to earn a basketball scholarship at Texas Christian University. After earning a master's degree and a Ph.D. in computer science at Purdue University, Dr. Cash joined the faculty at Harvard Business School in 1976. He became the first Black tenured faculty member in 1985.

Two HBCUs Report Enrollment Increases Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

The main factor in the enrollment increase at Grambling State University in Louisiana is a 42 percent increase in the number of students in the first-year class. At Miles College in Alabama, the largest incoming class in five years has reversed a recent trend in declining enrollments.

Seven African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Senior Posts as Diversity Officers

At some colleges and universities, a hiring freeze has been enacted due to the pandemic. But with the world’s new focus on racism and social justice, the hiring of diversity and inclusion officers at colleges and universities remains at a brisk pace.

In Memoriam: Carolyn Sundy, 1951-2020

More than 40 years ago, Dr. Sundy joined the staff at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College to head up the college's Upward Bound program.

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.

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