Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 18, October 23

America Loses Ground in College Access, Participation, Study Finds
WASHINGTON America has fallen alarmingly behind other industrialized countries in access to and participation in college, which encompasses most education and training beyond high school, according to a recent study. "Closing the College Participation...
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Arming Yourself in the Virus War
They're a scourge upon our land. It's difficult not to catastrophesize the virus problem. Computer viruses, worms and other forms of malicious code have become so prevalent that the government, which typically acts only in response to disasters, has...
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A Welcome Increase: Outreach and Diversity Efforts Appear to Be Paying off as Some Colleges and Universities Experience Record Minority Student Enrollments This Fall
At a time when tuition is skyrocketing and many states are slashing higher education appropriations, Blacks and other students of color are enrolling at some of the nation's colleges and universities in record numbers. In some cases, the numbers of...
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Boston University Launches Center for African American Religious Research
BOSTON Boston University inangurated its new Center for African American Religious Research and Education earlier this month with a series of public lectures and workshops honoring the late Rev. Dr. Prathia L. Hall. Hall, who inspired Dr. Martin...
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Bringing More Than Skin Color to the Party: Faculty of Color Realize Their Market Value
Dr. Tom Smith is a world-renowned expert in polymer sciences. And though he has impeccable academic credentials--he got his Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Michigan, is a former president of the Rochester chapter of the American Chemical Society,...
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Coming Together: California State University-Dominguez Hills Establishes Support Group to Encourage Retention among Latina Students
For the 28 percent Latina student body population at California State University-Dominguez Hills, the "Latinas Juntas" program is just the type of networking event the women on campus need in order to know who and what resources are available to them....
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Commitment at the Highest Levels
"Bringing more than skin color to the party" pretty much sums up our cover story on recruiting faculty of color. One new faculty hire from Rochester Institute of Technology says minority faculty have to do just that and must "bring ways to contribute...
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Consortium Launches Networking Infrastructure Initiative
WASHINGTON The National LambdaRail Inc. (NLR), a consortium of leading U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies, announced last month that it is deploying a new national networking infrastructure to foster the concurrent...
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Duke Still Struggles with Providing Equitable Environment, Study Finds
DURHAM, N.C. A yearlong study of the status of women at Duke University has found that students, faculty, staff and graduates continue to lace lingering stereotypes and prejudicial expectations about what they can accomplish. The Women's Initiative...
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Education Secretary Says No Child Left Behind Act Will Help Reverse Two-Tiered System
U.S. Education Secretary Dr. Roderick Paige gave a progress report on the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act in Washington recently, calling it a "revolution" that would do much to reverse a subpar U.S. educational system that he compared...
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Former President Launches College Prep Program
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Former President Bill Clinton unveiled a new program under his presidential foundation last month that will help students prepare for college entrance exams. Clinton appeared at Dunbar Magnet Middle School in Little Rock to...
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Georgia on the Mind: The State's Higher Education System Puts Research, Policy Focus on Black Males
Among education researchers and higher education administrators around the nation, it is well known that African American male college attendance and completion rates are lagging behind those of males in other racial and ethnic groups as well as behind...
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Hampton Professor Conducts Study Linking Cigarette Smoke to Breast Cancer
HAMPTON, VA. A new study links cadmium, a metal found in cigarette smoke and shellfish, to breast cancer. Findings from the study, conducted by Hampton University biology professor Dr. Nicholas Kenney and several researchers at the Lombardi Cancer...
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Minorities Believe They Receive Far Different Medical Care Than Whites, Survey Finds
NASHVILLE, TENN. A new poll shows that while Americans are divided about the extent to which racial and ethnic health care disparities exist, African Americans and Hispanics are as much as three times more likely than Whites to feel that minorities...
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Mission Possible: Three Disparate Institutions Raise the Bar Nationwide for Recruiting and Retaining an Ethnically Diverse Faculty
Increases in faculty diversity tend to come slowly and incrementally--a few percentage points here, a few percentage points there. But aggressive moves by three quite disparate institutions are raising eyebrows--and raising the bar for schools nationwide...
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NASA Names University Space Science Education Partners
WASHINGTON Sixteen universities have been named recipients of NASA's 2003 Minority University College Education and Research Partnership Initiative in Space Science (MUCERPI) award. MUCERPI offers minority universities an opportunity to develop...
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New Approach to Curb Low-Retention Rates
In recent years, Alabama State University has enrolled a record number of students but its retention and graduation rates have been less impressive. Of the roughly 6,000 students that enter Alabama State, only 21 percent stay and graduate, according...
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Reports: Importance of Federal Student Aid Continues to Grow
WASHINGTON Two newly released reports from the American Council on Education (ACE) illustrate rapid growth in the federal student loan programs and the critical importance of the Pell Grant program, the nation's largest single source of need-based...
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Revisiting Black History, Examining Future Paradigms
SOULSTEPPING: AFRICAN AMERICAN STEP SHOWS By Dr. Elizabeth C. Fine University of Illinois Press, 2003, 208 pp., $24.95 cloth, ISBN 0-252-02475-3 Soulstepping documents the history of stepping, which is defined as a complex performance that melds...
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Seminar Examines Latest Research in African American Education
PRINCETON, N.J. Education and public affairs professionals from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region gathered at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) earlier this month to examine the latest research on the state of African American education. ...
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Sick and Tired of Health Disparities
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with an older sisterfriend, a retired teacher who fills her retired days with meetings, task forces and sorority work. I had always admired my friend for her spunk, her accomplishments...
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The Temple of My Unfamiliar: Faculty of Color at Predominantly White Institutions
The following commentary highlights common themes uncovered not only through my discussions with other African American tenure-track faculty members in predominantly White institutions, but also from my own experiences as a tenure-track faculty member...
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UNC Initiative to Make College More Accessible for Low-Income Students
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced a groundbreaking initiative earlier this month to give the children of low-income families an opportunity to attend college--without borrowing a penny. The initiative,...
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U.S. Senate Considers, Then Shelves D.C. School Voucher Bill
The U.S. Senate considered a bill in late September that would give vouchers up to $7,500 for private school education for at least 1,700 public school students in the District of Columbia before withdrawing the bill from consideration due to the threat...
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