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JBHE Weekly Bulletin for 8-23-18

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JBHE Weekly Bulletin
August 23, 2018

Here are links to some of the top stories published at this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.



Good News! The Racial Gap in Computer and Internet Use in the Home Is Narrowing

In 2016, 89.9 percent of non-Hispanic White households had a computer in the home. For Blacks, 84.1 percent of all households had a home computer. This was up from 80.1 percent in 2015. Nearly 60 percent of White households had a tablet computer compared to 48.5 percent of Black households.


Wanda Austin Is the New Leader of the University of Southern California

From 2008 to 2016, Dr. Austin was president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the application of science and technology relating to the nation’s space program. She was the first woman and the first African American to serve as CEO of the organization since its founding in 1961.


Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth — Chair of Department of Medical Education

Successful candidates must have a terminal degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) and meet the criteria for appointment/promotion to the rank of Professor at Geisel. Successful candidates are expected to have acknowledged excellence as a scholar in medical education/pedagogy and as an educator; to possess a strong track record of leadership, program development, and personnel management; and a strong and sustained track record of excellence in disseminated scholarship and in securing sponsored support for relevant programmatic endeavors. Candidates should have at least five years of leadership experience at the departmental, institutional, and/or national levels in organizations with programmatic relevance to this role as Chair of the Department of Medical Education, e.g., national educational, medical or scientific organizations, professional societies and/or private/governmental advisory committees.

Key Responsibilities: Function as a leader, both by example and personal engagement, in driving the educational and research functions of the department | Primary responsibility for the overall direction, operation, and management of the department | Guide the academic advancement of department faculty and the professional development of department staff | Commitment to the principle that a diverse and inclusive community of students, staff, and faculty enhances our mission in providing exceptional education, advancing biomedical discovery, and fostering innovation to help tackle the most vexing challenges in health care

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Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


High School Graduations Increase But a Racial Gap Persists

In 2017, there were still 2.7 million African American adults that had not graduated from high school. Another 700,000 Black adults who were not born in the United States but now live here, also did not possess a high school credential.


Texas Southern University’s Charles McClelland to Lead the Southwest Athletic Conference

Dr. Charles McClelland, director of athletics at Texas Southern University in Houston is stepping down from his post after 10 years to become commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas A&M University.



University of Southern California Report Examines Race in the Hollywood Film Industry

The data shows that in 2017, 20 percent of the 100 top-grossing films had no Blacks whatsoever in speaking roles. There were 43 films in the 100 top-grossing films that had no speaking roles for Black women.


Marion Fedrick Appointed President of Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick has served as interim president since January. Before being named interim president, Fedrick had been serving as interim executive vice president at Albany State. Earlier, she was vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia.


New Bridge Program at Bowdoin College Honors Alumnus Geoffrey Canada

The Geoffrey Canada Scholars program at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, was designed to transform the Bowdoin experience for students who are the first in their families to go to college, who come from low-income backgrounds, or who are from groups traditionally underrepresented at the college.


Princeton Review’s List of Colleges With Little Race/Class Interaction

Among the Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, Providence College in Rhode Island was rated as having the least race/class interaction. African Americans are just 4 percent of the undergraduate student body at Providence College.



Western Carolina Students Helping to Establish a Library in Rural Kenya

In September a group of students and faculty members from Western Carolina University will travel to Kenya and deliver about 2,000 books to a new library in a rural village. In addition, the American contingent will work for two weeks to set up the library at the local school.


Indiana University Establishes the Black Philanthropy Circle

The Black Philanthropy Circle will establish programs to improve the recruitment, retention and degree attainment for Black students, faculty and staff on all of Indiana University’s campuses.


State Leaders in Mississippi See No Need to Close or Merge Public HBCUs

Alfred Rankins Jr., the first African American to lead the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Education, has gone on record as opposing any mergers of the state’s historically Black universities into predominately White institutions.


A Trio of African American Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans at Universities

The new deans are Michelle Ferrier in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University, David S. Hood at University College at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and Pamela Holland Obiomon at the College of Engineering of Prairie View A&M University in Texas.



Kevin Hart to Support the College Education of 18 KIPP Students at HBCUs

Comedian Kevin Hart has established a new $600,000 scholarship fund in conjunction with the United Negro College Fund that will support the college education of 18 students from Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) schools who will be attending historically Black colleges and universities.


College of the Holy Cross Scholar Wins Book Award From the World History Association

Lorelle Semley, an associate professor of history at th College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, will share the Bentley Book Prize from the World History Association. Dr. Semley’s book, described by a reviewer as a “staple of reading lists for years to come,” explores the meaning of citizenship for French colonial subjects of African descent.


Mississippi Valley State University Opens an Early College High School on Campus

High school students will spend their days on the campus of MVSU completing high school and college courses. When they complete high school they will technically be a sophomore in college and all those hours are transferable toward a college degree at the university.


Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Appointed to new administrative posts are Wayne Knox at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, Adrianne Johnson-Williams at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Jacqueline Y. Powers at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, and Johnny C. Whitehead at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

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Fort Valley State University in Georgia Appoints Two Black Scholars to Dean Posts

At Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Gregory Ford was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Rebecca C. McMullen was named dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at the university.



In Memoriam: Kofi Atta Annan, 1938-2018

Kofi Annan was a career diplomat from Ghana who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and master’s degree in management at MIT.


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