Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 22, December 16

A First, More Than Half of University of New Mexico Freshmen Are Minorities
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Minority students make up just over half of new freshmen at the University of New Mexico (UNM) for the first time in the school's history. UNM enrolled a record 3,086 freshmen this fall. That includes 1,550 Hispanics, American...
After Delays, Congress Wraps Up Budget Bill: Minority-Serving Colleges Gain Small Increases
College access programs and minority-serving colleges would gain small increases while Pell Grants may face more uncertainty under a long-awaited 2005 education budget bill that will become law soon. Part of a $388-billion omnibus spending bill...
Alternatives to Greek-Letter Organizations Warrant a Second Look
Because of the discriminatory practices and lack of appeal of many predominantly White Greek-letter organizations, students of color sought the development of their own. Alpha Phi Alpha, Rho Psi, MALIK Sigma Psi, Lambda Theta Phi, and Alpha Pi Omega...
Association Criticizes Meharry for Treatment of Faculty
NASHVILLE, TENN. A national higher education advocacy group is defending several former Meharry Medical College faculty members who say they were wrongfully let go. Dr. Joel Trupin, 70, and three other professors sued Meharry in September 2003...
College Board Approves Ayers Funding
JACKSON, Miss. The state College Board in November approved $59 million in funding for historically Black colleges, money that had been stalled pending an appeal of Mississippi's college desegregation case. Board spokeswoman Sarah Nicholas said...
Critics Question Ward Connerly's Pay Package
LANSING, MICH. Critics of a planned 2006 ballot initiative that would ban affirmative action in government hiring and college admissions in Michigan are questioning whether the petition drive's leader violated tax regulations. Documents filed...
Fisk University among 10 Schools Chosen to Receive Wireless Internet Technology
VIENNA, VA. The Higher Education Wireless Access Consortium (HEWAC), and WiSE Technologies--a Maryland-based wireless Internet service provider--last month announced the 10 schools selected as winners of the recently concluded competition for Campus-Wide...
How to Respond to Flames without Getting Singed
If you've spent any amount of time in online discussion groups, you probably know that their single most defining characteristic is the prevalence of angry, epithet-strewn arguments, called "flamewars." The level of online hostility, with "flames"...
Leading the Way: Celebrating 25 Years in 2005, Philadelphia-Based Program Seeks Innovative Ways to Expand Outreach Effort for Talented Minority Students in Business and Other Disciplines
As a teen-ager from a working-class family in South Side Chicago, Charles Crockett had dreams of attending law school and becoming a corporate lawyer. In the summer of 1982 prior to his senior year in high school, Crockett attended a four-week pre-college...
Making the Grade? Black Coaches Issue Report Card on Minority Hiring
Nearly two-thirds of 28 colleges got an A or B in the first Black Coaches Association "report card that evaluated the proc used to hire a new head football coach. The report looked at the schools in Divisions I-A and I-AA that had an opening for a...
Musical Chairs and Other Character Indicators
Isn't it a great thing that no individual, group or entity has a monopoly on music? Sure, there still exist many obstacles to prevent exposure to the full range of musical forms and performers. But even when one is isolated by geographical, economic,...
NAACP to Search for New Leadership
BALTIMORE National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Kweisi Mfume said Nov. 30 that he's stepping down as the head of the nation's oldest and largest civil fights group to spend more time with his family. The...
New England Tribal College Would Be the First to Serve Eastern Tribes
HARTFORD, CONN. The modern-day reawakening of American Indian groups across New England could spawn something never seen on the East Coast: a college dedicated to the region's estimated 40,000 people with native roots. A tribal college would...
New Head of Education Department Expected to Focus on K-12
Though a new leader will soon take the helm at the Department of Education, some educators say the Bush administration's gaze will stay fixed on K-12 issues instead of higher education. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige, who announced his decision...
New SAT or No SAT?
"The SAT is changing in March 2005," screams College Board's Web site, complete with a photo of diverse students in what, presumably, is a preparatory context. "Students shouldn't worry," the site goes on to say. "The College Board will help them prepare...
Notre Dame Football Coach Tyrone Willingham Fired
SOUTH BEND, IND. Tyrone Willingham was fired Nov. 30 as coach at Notre Dame for failing to turn the nation's most storied football program back into a national championship contender. He was fired three days after the Irish lost 41-10 to No....
Report: Community Colleges Challenged to Serve Diverse, Multi-Tasking Students
AUSTIN, TEXAS A national report released last month offers new findings on students' experiences in community colleges, where almost half of the undergraduate students in American public colleges and universities are now enrolled. Results from...
'Staying Black' While Attending College
Some of our Black students today face a peculiar dilemma when they arrive at college. They must negotiate the demands of proving that they have not forgotten their "roots" and must demonstrate their "Blackness" to others while getting a college education....
With All Strings Attached: Composer William C. Banfield Notes the Clash of Artistry and Commerce While Weaving Together a World of Music
He's "a modern magician" of music who has only to raise his baton to "(fetch) forth a spirit and image that touches new meanings and interpretations. Nobody interprets with a clearer voice and higher tone," says Dr. Ray Browne, founder of Bowling Green...