Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 17, October 9

2004: A Year of Remembrance and Celebration
The year 2004 will mark two special events. First and foremost, it is the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision that firmly opened the doors of higher education to African American and other students of color. It also marks the...
AAUP Issues Statement on Use of Contingent Faculty Appointments
WASHINGTON The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) issued a draft policy statement last month on the overuse and abuse of part-time and non-tenure track faculty--practices that threaten the quality and stability of higher education...
ACLU Brings Freedom Message to College Campuses
BALTIMORE The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is bringing its message to college campuses this fall with its 2003 College Freedom Tour, the organizations first national effort to reach college-age youth. Last month, the tour landed at the...
Calif. Colleges Not Liable for Off-Campus Injuries, Court Rules
QUINCY, CALIF. California community colleges and their faculty are not responsible for injuries to students who are engaged in off-campus assignments, a state appellate court has unanimously held. The decision bars a suit by a Feather River Community...
Changing Frequency: Newly Formatted Black College Radio Stations Work to Jazz Up Their Image, While Serving Campus and Community
NASHVILLE, TENN. Before Fisk University's radio station recently began using the tagline "Smooth Side Up" to refer to its new smooth jazz format, the station's broadcasting image was upside down. At best, it played a hodgepodge of music, with no...
Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Weigh in on Education Issues: Candidates Voice Opposition to Vouchers, No Child Left Behind Act
BALTIMORE The nine Democratic presidential candidates weighed in on education issues at a debate held last month at historically Black Morgan State University. Co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and the FOX News Channel, the debate...
Duke Students Hold Rally to Denounce Racism
DURHAM, N.C. Students, professors and administrators at Duke University held a rally against b racism last month after a fraternity sponsored a party that Latino students say demeaned their heritage. Fraternity members from Sigma Chi designed...
George Washington University Plans First University-Based Indoor Crash Test Facility
ASHBURN, VA. Plans for the world's first university-based, full-scale indoor crash test facility were unveiled last month at George Washington University's Virginia campus. Representatives from George Washington University and GW's Federal Highway...
HACU Calls on Congress to Increase Funding for HSIs
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is calling on Congress to increase funding for Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) in a bill that addresses Title V funding for the upcoming fiscal year 2004. HACU is calling for increased...
Harvard's New Chapter in Black Studies: A Neglected African Studies Program Finally Gets a Departmental Home
From afar, it seemed that Afro-American studies at Harvard had taken a nasty tumble when two of its best-known scholars announced their resignations in early 2002, and its venerable chairman, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., let it be known that he stood...
In Good Company
Like many media outlets last year, Black Issues followed the story of the departures of popular Harvard professors Cornel West and Kwame Anthony Appiah to Princeton University. As time went on, the question seemed to be whether Harvard's Afro-American...
Intellectual Entrepreneurship: Successfully Engaging Hearts, Minds in Graduate Education
Following the Supreme Court's recent ruling on affirmative action in admissions to graduate and professional programs, many institutions are contemplating how, if at all, to use race and ethnicity in making admissions decisions. The court's ruling...
Lincoln University, Barnes Foundation Settle Differences: Compromise Would Allow Relocation of Art Collection; Governor Promises Lincoln Millions
PHILADELPHIA "We're all on our knees with our hands clasped in prayer," said Kimberly Camp, executive director of the Barnes Foundation, on the eve of a historic vote by the Lincoln University board of trustees that would determine her institution's...
Medical, Dental Schools Are Seeing Fewer Minority Students in Their Ranks
DURHAM, N.C. As the academic year gets under way, the nation's medical, dental and nursing schools are seeing fewer minorities in the classroom. The numbers are so low that a commission, led by former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services...
Mold Continues to Plague NCCU as Cost of Removal Soars
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. The cost of repairing mold-infested buildings at North Carolina Central University could be millions of dollars more than expected and is draining NCCU resources, a state university committee learned last month. There are indications...
New National Task Force to Address Lack of Hispanics in Science, Technology
SAN ANTONIO A new task force of leading experts in advanced science education outreach to minority college students has been formed to "address the need to increase the ranks of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields....
Retiring UC President Criticizes Dropping Affirmative Action
SAN FRANCISCO University of California President Richard C. Atkinson is leaving his post the same way he came in, firmly opposed to banning race and gender from the admissions process. "I continue to believe those were the wrong decisions," Atkinson...
Stereotypes Have Profound Effect on Intellectual Test Performance
NEW HAVEN, CONN. Yale researchers have found that the existence of negative stereotypes about abilities such as intelligence actually enhances the performance of those who do not bear the stereotype. There have been many studies about how pervasive...
Student Loan Default Rate Lowest Ever
The U.S. Department of Education's efforts to assist student loan borrowers are paying off, says Education Secretary Roderick Paige. The nation's student loan default rate has dropped to an all-time low of 5.4 percent, and for the first time ever,...
UC Closes Door to Mid-Year Community-College Transfers
BERKELEY, CALIF. Community college student Anoop Kaur expected to work hard and make good grades to transfer to the prestigious University of California. She didn't expect her future to depend on whether state officials have the smarts to handle...
U.N.: Broadband Internet Access Booming in Richest Nations
GENEVA Broadband technology offering fast and cheap access to the Internet is booming in richer countries but is slowly spreading in the developing world, according to a United Nations report issued last month. The report, from the International...
Under the Media's Radar: Princeton's Program in African American Studies Boasts Its Own All-Star Cast
High-profile African American studies departments like Harvard's with certified media stars like Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. usually tend to grab the lion's share of the headlines. But focusing solely on departments and their "stars" offers a pretty...
Women, Violence Expert Receives National Honor
CHICAGO A University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist's groundbreaking research on incarcerated women and the role violence plays in their lives earned her honors last month from a national organization. Dr. Beth Richie, head of African American...