Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 3, March 28

A Complex Past and Present. (Editor's Note)
My charge was to respond to the Editor's Note written by Frank Matthews. The first thing that came into my mind was "Where do I begin?" It seems to me the relationships between Black women and Black men have always been a bit more complex than the...
Affirmative Action's Uncertain Future; Proponents of Race-Conscious Admissions Firm on Belief, but Less Confident on Whether Policy Could Survive a Supreme Court Review. (Noteworthy News)
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. Proponents of affirmative action offered compelling arguments for the use of race-conscious admissions at the nation's colleges and universities at a recent symposium at Harvard Law School. However, the same proponents were not...
A Look at Black Female College Presidents
* Dr. Portia H.Shields Albany State University Albany, Ga. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * Dr. Yvonne Kennedy Bishop State Community College Mobile, Ala. * Dr. Carolyn Grubbs Williams Bronx Community College New York * Dr. Ruth Simmons Brown University Providence,...
An Apology and a Renewed Commitment to Our Women and Our HBCUs
Maybe the first thing we need to do as men is to go ahead and apologize to Black women. This simple but powerfully symbolic act, though not a cure all, would be a step in the right direction. A few years ago, actor Blair Underwood and a few of his...
Black Student Union Wants Klan Mural Removed. (Noteworthy News)
BLOOMINGTON, IND. Some students at Indiana University are pressing school officials to remove a mural that has been hanging in a classroom since 1941, saying the image of Ku Klux Klan members and a burning cross creates a hostile learning environment....
California Educators Seek to Join with Churches to Help Minority Students. (Noteworthy News)
OAKLAND, CALIF. Educators want to team with Black churches to help students pass California's new mandatory high school exam and prepare for college. Helping Black students, who scored below other groups on voluntary math and English exams last...
Can You Criticize Your Computer Software? (Personal Computing)
Who's in charge of what you do or say with your computer equipment? You, or the companies who sell it to you? While none of us are completely in control of our destiny -- even the most unfettered work under the sway of someone else in one way or another...
Dear BI Career Consultants: How Has the Role of Minority Student Recruitment Officers Been Changed by the Current Use of Admission "Percentage Plans," Such as the Ones in Place in California, Texas and Florida? (Career Consultants)
Essentially, the fundamental role of recruitment officers has not changed, even in the wake of the admission percentage plans at state institutions in California, Texas and Florida. The underlying role of college recruitment officers, especially those...
Did Black Folks Gain from the Women's Movement? (Speaking of Education)
I have always been intrigued by the career of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The Stanford Law School graduate's legal career was clearly affected by sex discrimination, yet O'Connor has tended to take mixed positions in cases of race discrimination....
Do Babies Matter When Charting an Academic Career? the Academy Seems to Think So. (Faculty Club)
The University of California-Berkeley has just released a set of statistics that should give pause to every female academic of child-bearing age. Women who have children early in their careers -- that is, between one and five years after receiving...
Events
APRIL April 15-17 Third Annual Presidents' Summit & Leadership Conference Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Inc. Indianapolis University Place Conference Center Contact: Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Phone: (212) 573-8888 April 18-19 New...
HBCUs Get Few R&D Dollars, Leaders Say. (Washington Update)
The share of federal research dollars flowing to Black colleges is going down instead of up, says one HBCU leader who is urging Congress to focus more attention on the issue. Of the $14 billion awarded government-wide to colleges and universities...
High Schoolers Charged in Attack on U.Va. Students: Town/gown Issues Debated. (Faculty Club)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. Blake Caravati, mayor of the usually sleepy college town of Charlottesville, Va., is amassing quite a collection of hate mail these days -- more than a hundred e-mails, some from concerned locals, but the vast majority from,...
Institute Showcases History of Black Journalists on the Web. (Noteworthy News)
OAKLAND, CALIF. The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (MIJE) is using video on the Web to tell a forgotten chapter of journalism history. The Maynard Institute late last month launched "The Black Journalists Movement," a unique...
Job Outlook for MBA Grads Shows Signs of Recovery. (Noteworthy News)
NORMAN, OKLA. The job market for this year's crop of MBA graduates is showing signs of improvement, according to the MBA Career Services Council (MBACSC). Data from a survey of 56 business school career centers conducted by the MBACSC, an association...
Licensed to Lead; Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, Former President of Northern Virginia Community College, Leads Virginia's Department of Education. (Special Report: Women in Higher Education)
Dr. Belle S. Wheelan had been president of Northern Virginia Community College, the second largest community college in the nation, since 1998 when she was tapped in December by the newly elected Democratic governor of Virginia, Mark R. Warner, to...
Making AAUW More Inclusive; New Executive Director Makes Reaching out to Women of Color a Priority. (Special Report: Women in Higher Education)
Jacqueline Woods * Title: Executive Director, American Association of University Women * Previous Title: Director, Community Colleges Liaison Office, U.S. Department of Education * Education: Bachelor's, Speech Pathology, Michigan State University;...
Making the Most of Multimedia. (Tech Talk)
With a click of the computer mouse, the Web site for the "Black in the Arts" survey course began playing a segment from the all-Black cast film "Stormy Weather." The film clip, being projected onto a large screen in a high technology classroom at Howard...
Many Graduates Face Unmanageable Debt, Study Says. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON An estimated 39 percent of student borrowers are graduating with unmanageable levels of student loan debt, according to "The Burden of Borrowing," a new report by the State PIRG's Higher Education Project. The analysis, based on data...
Mississippi Desegregation Settlement May Help Jackson State More Than Others, Some Say. (Noteworthy News)
JACKSON, MISS. A settlement of Mississippi's college desegregation lawsuit may help Jackson State University more than Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State universities, officials say. Last month, a federal judge approved a desegregation...
NBA Star Launches Program to Introduce Students to Business. (Noteworthy News)
MINNEAPOLIS Five-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves has launched "4XL--For Excellence in Leadership," a program designed to expose minority high school and college students to business environments...
Office of Civil Rights Nominee Faces Scrutiny. (Washington Update)
A Senate panel questioned a major Bush administration civil rights nominee in late February amid signs that leading civil rights groups oppose the nomination. Gerald Reynolds is the White House choice to fill the vacant slot of assistant education...
Responding to the Voice of Black Women: Black Women's Unique Style of Leadership Enables Them to Meet the Challenges of Academe, Scholar Say. (Special Report: Women in Higher Education)
When Black Women in the Academy: Promises and Perils was published in 1997, the difficulties facing African American women in academe were so numerous and profound that 33 scholars addressed the issues with little redundancy. Dr. Lois Benjamin, endowed...
Tanzanian Students Get Certified in Networking Technology. (Tech Briefs)
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA Last month, 38 Tanzanian students graduated from an information and communications technology (ICT) course in Dar es Salaam that awarded each of them a Cisco Certified Network Associates certificate. The certificates are...
Texas A&M Shelves Pilot Enrollment Plan. (Noteworthy News)
HOUSTON Texas A&M University officials have delayed a plan to automatically admit the top 20 percent of graduating seniors from 250 Texas high schools because legal concerns have not been answered in time for admissions this fall. "The thought...
The Long Road to Becoming an Agent of Change. (Last Word)
As an African American woman, I have had to fight for everything I have achieved. I have had to think and reflect on every move I have made. As I completed my first year as an assistant professor of education, I found myself feeling tired and overwhelmed,...
The N-Word and Academia: The Psychology of Employing an Epithet. (BI Forum)
The noose of racism was pulled tightly around the necks of those who came before. And though the literal twine that choked our throats is relatively obsolete, the figurative rope continues to cut the breath of our psychological well-being. This is...
The Presidential Mystique: Finding and Keeping Leaders for Historically Black Women's Colleges Is Becoming a Growing Challenge. (Special Report: Women in Higher Education)
African American women have played key roles in the leadership of this country's historically Black colleges and universities for more than a century. Women like Elizabeth E. Wright, who founded Voorhees College in 1897; Mary McLeod Bethune, who in...