President David Skorton is mounting a concerted effort to increase diversity among students, staff, and faculty and to create better opportunities for veterans and the disabled.
There are more than 21,000 African American students enrolled at the 23 campuses of California State University. They make up 5 percent of the total enrollments.
With the Supreme Court agreeing to hear a case on the race-sensitive admissions program at the University of Texas, it appears that there is a wide variety of opinions on the subject among college students.
Davidson College, the highly rated liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina, has issued a statement reaffirming the college's commitment to promoting diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.
While the percentage of Blacks in entry-level nursing programs has declined in recent years, Black enrollments in graduate-level nursing programs has surged.
More than 10 percent of accepted students at Harvard University and nearly 14 percent at Williams College, are African Americans.
Blacks were 13.4 percent of all students enrolled in institutions eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs.
A new report states, "Hundreds of thousands of prospective students are knocking on the doors of community colleges and are being denied access because the colleges have insufficient capacity to serve them."
The state legislature recently passed a bill that would allow public universities in the state to seek a waiver allowing them to offer in-state tuition rates to some students from other states.
Tufts accepted 21 students from 13 different African countries for admission into its Class of 2016. Six accepted students are from Ghana.
For the third year in a row, all graduating seniors at Urban Prep Academies in Chicago have been accepted into four-year colleges.
About two thirds of all Black and White high school graduates in 2011 had enrolled in college by October 2011. For those not enrolled in college, Blacks had a very high unemployment rate of more than 53 percent.
But the number of Black students admitted to Berkeley and UCLA has declined from a year ago.
Of the more than 12,000 applicants to Princeton's graduate programs, only 236 were African Americans.
Since 2001, the percentage of Black students in the entering classes at the five most prestigious campuses of the City University of New York has decreased from 17 percent to 10 percent.
Ball State University has been offering educational programs to more than 1,000 prison inmates but state budget cuts are gutting the program.
In the fall of 2011, Blacks made up 10.5 percent of the entering class, down from 16 percent a decade ago. Blacks were nearly 14 percent of the total enrollments five years ago. The latest figure was 10.8 percent.
This spring, 9,263 students from California were admitted to UCLA. Of this group, 3.8 percent are African Americans.
The new website includes a discussion on the history of diversity efforts, provides demographic statistics on students and faculty, and listings of where to go for help or additional information.
During the 2010-11 academic year, there were 29.5 million students enrolled at Title IV institutions. Of these, 4,217,140, or 14.3 percent, were Black.
Of all Black undergraduate students enrolled in American higher education, 10 percent were immigrants to this country.
The authors of the study concluded that "exposure to a diversity of viewpoints prepares the students to be better lawyers, making them more 'culturally competent.'"
The Council of Graduate Students reports that overall applications from foreign students increased 9 percent compared to a year ago but applications from Africa were down 3 percent.
A study published by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, finds that in states that have banned the consideration of race in graduate school admissions, enrollments of minority students are down 12 percent overall.
Brown University, Florida State University, and Florida Atlantic University reveal the racial make-up of their entering medical school classes.
In a state where Blacks are 8 percent of the population, African Americans make up 11 percent of this year's entering class.
Over the past five years, the number of African American first-year students in the College of Engineering has increased from 16 to 64, a 300 percent rise.
The Council of Graduate Schools reports that in the 2010-11 academic year, there were 38,498 first-time and a total of 181,905 African American/Black students in U.S. graduate schools.
All African American middle and high school students are eligible to attend. Free child care is offered to guests with young children and all attendees will receive a free dinner.
In 2011 Blacks were 13.8 percent of all students in higher education but they were 24.2 percent of all students in for-profit schools and institutions.
Employees will have to take up to five unpaid furlough days through the remainder of the year. Other budget cuts will be made and fewer part-time faculty members will be hired for the spring semester.
But a racial gap remains. African Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but are only 7.3 percent of all first-time enrollees at U.S. medical schools.
This fall, there are 323 African Americans in the entering class. This is down from 347 African-American first-year students last fall. This year, African Americans are 5.5 percent of the entering class.
There are 1,180 African American students on campus, an increase of 101 students, or 9.4 percent from a year ago. African Americans make up about 4 percent of the study body. Blacks are 3.5 percent of the West Virginia population.
The number of foreign students studying at U.S. colleges and universities is on the rise but the number of students studying here from African nations is on the decline.
In the 2005-06 academic year, 3.5 percent of all American college students who studied abroad were Black. Since that time the percentage of Blacks in the study abroad pool has increased each year.