Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 18, October 26

ACE President Ikenberry Announces Resignation
Dr. Stanley O. Ikenberry, president of the American Council on Education, announced late last month that he will be stepping down from the post he has held for four years. "If there ever can be an ideal time for a transition, 2001 may be it," Ikenberry...
Advanced Statistics
Since the Advanced Placement program began more than 40 years ago, minority participation has increased steadily. In 1978, 12 percent of AP test takers were students of color. In 2000, though not as high as many advocates would prefer, minority students...
At Home with Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison Society Event Draws Scholars from Around the World to Honor the Literary Legend Approximately 130 scholars from around the globe gathered for three days in Lorain, Ohio, last month for one purpose: to honor and celebrate Nobel Laureate...
Attorney General Reno Promotes Law School Diversity at Conference
DENVER Law schools should be allowed to take race into account when making admissions decisions in order to help bring diversity to the ranks of law school graduates and the legal system, Attorney General Janet Reno said earlier this month. "Without...
Battling for the BEST
Black schools experience a renaissance in recruiting high-achieving students WASHINGTON When Leslie Broadway was applying to colleges, he had enough confidence in his academic record and athletic accomplishments that he concentrated all his energies...
Be Smart When Sending E-Mail to the Masses
If you're online, you've undoubtedly received "spam" -- unsolicited, untargeted bulk email, typically ads for illegal "Make Money Fast" pyramid schemes, pornographic pay Web sites, quack health care remedies, or other come-ons of interest only to the...
Black Women Sue Eastern Michigan University over Sexual Harassment
DETROIT Six female students at Eastern Michigan University filed a lawsuit last month in U.S. District Court against the university's board of control, alleging sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and racial discrimination. The women, all...
Board Election May Sway Future of Michigan Affirmative Action Lawsuit
ANN ARBOR, MICH. The issue of whether the University of Michigan will keep in place its affirmative action admissions policy may become a partisan one. Candidates for two seats on the university's Board of Regents are offering different opinions...
California Plan Would Boost Minority Counts, Route Students through Community Colleges
OAKLAND, CALIF. University of California officials are proposing a new road to admissions that could bring in more Black and Hispanic students, provided they re willing to take a detour through community college. The proposal, which requires...
Center for Equal Opportunity Now Targets State of Maryland
BALTIMORE Admissions practices at Maryland's public schools and colleges are the latest targets of the Center for Equal Opportunity, which has released a study indicating that Black students are getting in with lower SAT scores than those of White...
College Retention and Completion Program Hits Snag in Congress' Final Days
Despite facing gridlock on other education issues, Congress was nearing a final agreement earlier this month to expand federal TRIO programs with targeted funds in support of college retention and completion. But final approval posed a challenge that...
Extra Credit, Extra Criticism
Advanced Placement courses are increasingly being viewed as indicative of minority equity -- and the indicators don't look good. OAKLAND, CALIF. Massanda D'Johns has always planned to go to college, and now the Castlemont High School senior isn't...
Federal Student Loan Default Rate Hit New Low in '98
The nation's student loan default rate fell to another new low in 1998, as only 6.9 percent of former students were behind on federal loan repayments. The 1998 figure reported by the U.S. Department of Education is a steep drop from the record 22.4...
Newer, Better, Faster: DSL Service Makes It Easy to Link to University Network
DSL service provides high-speed Internet and network access from home for members of the university community. It also offers a constant connection to the Internet and e-mail. PITTSBURGH Like many college administrative staff and faculty members,...
On the Move
LEE HAMPTON is the new executive director of corporate and foundation development at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Previously Hampton was the vice chancellor for university advancement at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Hampton...
Race Enters Debate over Proposed South Carolina Lottery
COLUMBIA, S.C. New ads by opponents of South Carolina's proposed lottery say the result would be middle-class students attending college on the backs of poor people more likely to gamble. One opponent says the argument risks injecting race into...
Reversing the Plight of African American Male College Students
Scholars, both African American and Caucasian, have addressed the plight of the African American college student attending a predominantly White college or university. Of special concern is the African American male. Although African American men and...
Second Lawsuit Alleges Disparate Treatment of Black Women on University of South Florida Women's Basketball Team
TAMPA, FLA. A second former player has filed a federal lawsuit claiming racism by the University of South Florida women's basketball coach. Avia Lee, 23, claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month that she was dismissed as retaliation...
Staying Power: Colleges Work to Improve Retention Rates
HAMPTON, VA. Two years ago, Wilbur Powell was a first-semester freshman. He slept too much, watched too much TV and was not excited about the classes he was taking. By the end of the semester, he had a 1.3 grade-point average. Rudea Downs also was...
Supreme Court Allows UCLA Experimental Elementary School to Keep Race-Based Admissions
WASHINGTON An experimental elementary school that uses race as a factor when selecting its students survived a Supreme Court challenge last month. The justices let stand rulings that the school mn by the University of California has a justifiable...
Texas' Ten Percent Plan Has Boosted Minority Enrollment
WASHINGTON New freshman enrollment data recently presented by a University of Texas official in Washington showed that minority representation has increased as a result of the state's implementation of the Ten Percent Plan. The plan guarantees admission...
The Elephant in the Room
There is a saying that doctors bury their mistakes. It appears that in our education system, we also bury our mistakes -- in the form of our dismal retention rates. One only has to look at the record that begins with the limited number of students...
Universities Refuse to Block Napster Access
MADISON, WIS. Officials at nearly a dozen universities across the country say they won't block students from using the embattled online music-sharing software Napster, despite a demand from a lawyer for two musicians. Howard King, attorney for...
University of Idaho, Auburn U. Also Report Incidents of Doctored Photos
MOSCOW, IDAHO The University of Idaho has pulled a picture of nine students from the top of its Internet site after discovering that it had been altered to replace the heads of two White students with those of two minority students. University...
Virtual University Getting A Piece of Athletic Action
FRANKFORT, KY. Kentucky Virtual University, the state's electronic portal to a higher education without lecture halls, dorms or bad cafeteria food, has a sports franchise. There are already T-shirts from the KVU Athletic Department, and there...
Whatever Happened to Subsidized Education?
This fall has brought news that economic expansion may finally be trickling down to those at the bottom of our nation's economy. The poverty rate, at 11.8 percent, is at a 21-year low. Incomes were up by more than 2 percent in 1999. The number of Americans...