Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Issues in Higher Education is a magazine specializing in African American Focused topics.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 20, November 23

Black Frat Announces Digital Divide Initiative
The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. announced last month a nationwide project called the "Digital Heritage Initiative" in collaboration with the Microsoft Corp. and Africana.com to provide computer software and educational materials to public elementary,...
BLACK WRITERS Ready for the Millennium
Chicago State University Hosts 10th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Writers' Conference Chicago State University played host to approximately 550 writers, students, scholars and educators who attended the l0th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Writers' Conference...
Can HBCUs Compete for Black Faculty?
Black colleges are searching for ways to draw top talent There was a time when newly minted Black doctorate recipients had few choices but to pursue careers at historically Black colleges and universities. Times have changed, however. Over the last...
Ceiling Lifted on Foreigners, While U.S. Minorities Still Underrepresented in High-Tech Field
More so than ever before, employers are seeking foreign workers to fill skilled jobs that go unfilled in the United States. But the trend is prompting debate about how better to focus federal attention on education and job training -- including the...
Controlling the Chaos: New, Better Options for Internet Searching
There's nothing more central to the Internet than searching for what you need, and there's nothing that changes at Internet speed as much as Internet search sites. The Internet search industry is in a state of upheaval. Familiar names are losing...
Dear BI Career Consultants
What should African American faculty members do to prepare themselves for a career change from faculty to administration? Dr. Muriel Wright Brailey Director of the Institute for African American Studies, Wilberforce University I have had the...
Doing DOUBLE DUTY
A Small Group of African Americans are Serving Simultaneously as Scholars and Elected Officials When Dr. Mamie Locke conducted an independent study seminar at Hampton University last year, her 10 political science students got more than an Ivory...
Education Department, Congress Making `Retreat' on Civil Rights
The nation's elected leaders, Republican and Democrat alike, are continuing a "retreat from their obligation" to provide adequate funding for civil fights enforcement, the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights says in a new report that also singles out...
Enlarging and Diversifying Our Technical Talent Pool
The idea was classically simple. Not just to educate our best young minds to the highest levels, but to deliver on the promise that all children can learn and achieve. That was the beginning, 25 years ago, of what first was known as the Southeast Consortium,...
Experts Leary of Texas' Latest Education Disparity Elimination Efforts
Educators here are asking state lawmakers to help finance new endowments of faculty positions and student scholarships. The request is part of an effort to settle the dispute between the federal Office of Civil Rights and the state of Texas regarding...
FACULTY Demographics
The percentage of minority full-time faculty at Title IV-eligible postsecondary institutions in the United States remains relatively low. African American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian/Alaskan native faculty members account for a total of 13.4...
Faculty Survey Indicates Overall Satisfaction, Room for Improvement
Black faculty showing decline in representation If you feel like faculty diversity is a low priority at your institution, that your faculty peers lack a commitment to community service or that it is becoming increasingly difficult to strike a balance...
Fisk University's Jubilee Singers Inducted into Gospel Hall of Fame
The Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, an institution more than a century old, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame last month. It has been said that civil rights pioneer and author Dr. W.E.B. DuBois called their music a message from...
HBCUs Strategize on Ways to Close Digital Divide on Their Campuses
Slow adoption of technology by faculty seen as barrier With Black colleges positioning their institutions to tackle the digital divide, officials with Tennessee State University and Clark Atlanta University highlighted an array of issues and strategies...
Howard University Awards Honorary Doctorate to Oracle CEO and Founder Ellison
Just months after pledging a $2 million gift of 4,000 network computers and printers to be installed in Howard University's 12 undergraduate dormitories, Larry J. Ellison, CEO and founder of the Oracle Corp., was awarded an honorary doctoral degree...
How to Recruit and Promote Minority Faculty: Start by Playing Fair
Sometimes, you have to review the roles of the game to make sure that you are applying them fairly to everyone. Recent legal attacks on affirmative action have made colleges and universities nervous about their efforts to recruit faculty (as well as...
Mastering TECHNOLOGY'S ... TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
Colleges encourage faculty to go high tech To get students proficient and comfortable with the Internet and the latest information technology, Morris Brown College officials have required its undergraduates to participate in a laptop purchase program...
On the Move
WARDELL G. BAKER has been promoted to associate vice president for student affairs at Virginia State University in Petersburg. Previously, he was director of residence life at the university. Baker earned both a bachelor's in agronomy and a master's...
Study Shows More Than Half of American Colleges Now Have Diversity Requirements
Results of a new study suggest that a majority of colleges and universities require undergraduates to study diversity issues or material that speaks to diversity. The national survey, released last month by the Association of American Colleges &...
They're on the Job
Marketability and competitiveness seem to be the two themes consistent in many of the articles in this issue, which I guess is appropriate since this is Black Issues' annual careers edition. What can Black colleges do to attract and retain Black...
Thurgood Marshall Fund Raises $5.7 Million, Beats Goal
When the goal is to prepare a new generation of leaders, money is often what distinguishes those with good intentions from those who are taking care of business. The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund let the world know last month that it is in the...
U.S. Lawyers Ask Judges to Overturn Decision on UGA Admissions
In a strongly worded appeal, lawyers for the federal government have urged an appeals court to overturn a decision against the University of Georgia's use of race in its admissions. Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice say U.S. District Judge...
Where Are the Black Futurists?
A week or so ago, I had drifted off to sleep watching some budget hearing on C-SPAN, and when I awoke the hearing was over and a panel of four people were talking about the future. All four of them were White, and they were talking about trends that...