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Blacks made up nearly 18 percent of new graduate enrollments in public administration and 12 percent in education, business, and social and behavioral sciences. But Blacks were just 3.2 percent of all new graduate enrollments in the physical sciences.
Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, announced that he will step down at the end of the current academic year on June 30, 2017. When he retires, he will have led the university for nearly 11 years.
A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University at Buffalo finds that Black students who enroll at for-profit trade schools often wind up more in debt and with fewer job prospects than their peers who enrolled at two-year or four-year nonprofit educational institutions.
The persisting and large income gap between Blacks and Whites in the United States has major implications on access to quality higher education. Whites are three times as likely as Blacks to come from high-income households that do not have to worry about affording the costs of higher education.
A new report from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan finds that illicit drug use is more prevalent among White students who are about to enter college than it is among African American students who are about to enter their college years.
Michelle Alexander is a visiting professor at the Union Theological Seminary and a senior fellow at the Ford Foundation. Earlier, she taught at Ohio State University and Stanford Law School. Professor Alexander is being honored for her research on racial disparities in incarceration rates.
The Office of Institutional Diversity at the university reports that for students who entered the university in 2008, 92.8 percent of all African American women had either earned their degrees within six years or had transferred to another educational institution. The rate for the student body as a whole is 84.6 percent.
J. Leon Washington was named dean of enrollment management at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Michael Adams, a professor of public affairs at Texas Southern University, was named interim dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at the university.
Natasha Trethewey is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and the director of the creative writing program at Emory University. She is the former poet laureate of the United States.
New interim president of Florida A&M University Larry Robinson wasted no time by firing six members of his predecessor’s leadership team. Rodner Wright, dean of the university’s School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, was named interim provost.
As has been the case every year since JBHE was founded in 1993 incidents of racial hate continue to plague the campuses of American higher education. In recent days, there have been several incidents at campuses across the United States.
Taking on new assignments are Kosali Simon at Indiana University, Juli Grigsby at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, Bobby L. Wilson at Texas Southern University in Houston, and Marcus Bellamy at Boston University.
Hampton University, Mississippi Valley State University, Dillard University, Alcorn State University, Kentucky State University, Bethune-Cookman University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Xavier University have all reported impressive gains in enrollments.
Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell of Texas A&M University was honored by the American Psychological Association and Saundra Yancy McGuire of Louisiana State University was selected to receive an award from the American Chemical Society.
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota has introduced the HBCU Investment Expansion Act. The legislation would make bonds issued by historically Black colleges and universities exempt from federal, state, and local taxes.
The appointees are Danita Nias at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Wendy Wilson at Darton State College in Georgia, Lamont Sellers at the University of South Dakota, and Thurman D. Hollins at North Carolina Central University in Durham.
South Carolina State University, the historically Black educational institution in Orangeburg, has entered into an agreement with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College that will make it easier for students to transfer from OC Tech to South Carolina State University in order to earn bachelor’s degrees.
Dr. Thompson joined the faculty at the University of Toledo in 1958. For four years, he was the only Black faculty member at the university. In 1968, Dr. Thompson was appointed vice president of student affairs, a post he held for 20 years.
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