Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 22, December 18

A Year in Review: Black Issues Looks Back over a Year of Educational Highlights
Ten years since the death of scholar athlete Arthur Ashe, 100 years since the publication of W.E.B. Du Bois' timeless The Souls of Black Folk--2003 has been another memorable year. But what probably most set the tone for the year ahead in higher education...
Benchmarks & Barriers for People of Color in Higher Education
JUNE 17-19, 2004 Marriott Crystal Gateway Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. metropolitan area) A special conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of Black Issues In Higher Education 2004 A YEAR OF REMEMBRANCE AND CELEBRATION ...
California State University Expected to Turn Away Up to 15,000 Students Next Year
LONG BEACH, CALIF. California State University expects to turn away up to 15,000 new students next year as it faces record enrollment growth and a statewide budget deficit, the chancellor said last month. Chancellor Charles B. Reed told trustees...
Celebrating Culture, Revisiting Classics
AFRICANA WOMAN: HER STORY THROUGH TIME By Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter Introduction by Dr. Dorothy Height National Geographic Books, November 2003, 255 pp., $40.00 cloth, ISBN 0-7922-6165-8 This lavishly illustrated volume traces the voices of women...
Chicago-Pittsburgh Link Marks First Step of New National Computer Infrastructure: Network Expected to Advance Science, Engineering and Medical Research
PITTSBURGH A consortium of top U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies announced last month the establishment of a high-speed computer connection between research centers in Chicago and Pittsburgh, marking the first notable...
Clemson University to Establish Automotive Research Center
CLEMSON, S.C. Clemson University has announced plans to develop a 400-acre automotive research campus to make South Carolina a hub of the nation's automotive and motor-sports industry. The project already has generated $90 million in state and private...
Dean Announces Plan to Bolster K-12 Education, Reform No Child Left Behind Act
Leading Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean visited a school in Iowa last month to announce a plan to strengthen K-12 education that was long on promises but short on specifics. Dean unveiled his plan in Davenport, Iowa, before a group...
Democrats' Bill Would Penalize States That Slash Higher Education
The best way to keep tuition costs from climbing is to lean on states that cut college budgets. At least that is the thinking behind a new bill proposed by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrats say their initiative makes more sense...
ETS Identifies Factors Affecting Student Achievement
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) released a report last month detailing more than a dozen factors related to student achievement. "The gaps in student achievement mirror inequalities in those aspects of school, early life and home circumstances...
Federally Funded Grants, Loans Send More D.C. Residents to College
More residents from the District of Columbia are attending colleges far from home, taking advantage of a federally funded grant program that pays for up to $10,000 of out-of-state tuition, and an expanded feature this year that offers $2,500 for students...
Florida Court Says NAACP Can Challenge Anti-Affirmative Action Measures
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. The Florida Supreme Court ruled last month that the NAACP can challenge the governor's elimination of racial and gender preferences in state university admissions. The 4-3 ruling overturned a 2002 decision by the 1st District...
House Bill Could Return $340 Million to Pell Grant Program
House Republicans introduced a bill last month to reduce fraud in the Pell Grant program, a move they say could free up as much as $340 million for the higher education program. The lawmakers say they would use the additional funds to provide the...
House Passes Bill to Create Black History, Culture Museum
The House voted overwhelmingly last month to establish national museum of Black history and culture, pushing the plan a step closer to reality after 15 years of efforts by veteran civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. Lewis has introduced legislation...
House, Senate Negotiators Agree on D.C. School Voucher Plan
Congressional negotiators agreed last month on a private-school voucher plan for the District of Columbia that would be the first federally funded voucher program. The deal, part of an emerging spending package for the nation's capital and several...
Mississippi State Names First Black SEC Head Coach
STARKVILLE, Miss. For the first time in its 71-year history, the Southeastern Conference has an African American head football coach. Sylvester Croom, a veteran of 28 years coaching on the professional and collegiate levels, was named head football...
Racism, Sexism Persist on U.S. College Campuses, Study Finds
COLUMBIA, Mo. A new study shows large numbers of female and minority faculty experience a particularly challenging and sometimes hostile campus climate, even as universities across the United States seek to create an academic environment free of...
Radio, Magazine Advertising Contributes to Racial Inequality, Researchers Say
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. Radio and magazine advertising has helped promote racial and ethnic inequality in the United States by limiting minority visibility, exploiting minority consumers and perpetuating stereotypes in the ads themselves, according...
Report, Educators Call for More Study Abroad Programs: Lack of Global Knowledge Threatens the Nation's Security, Future, Experts Say
WASHINGTON Americans don't know enough about the world in which they live, according to a new report by an international-education task force, which calls for a "national effort" to reverse the trend. The report says higher education is vital to...
Ruth Simms Hamilton (1937-2003)
The Michigan State University community, along with others in higher education, mourned the loss of long-time MSU professor of sociology Ruth Simms Hamilton. She was 66 years old. "Dr. Hamilton was a valued member of our community for more than...
School Vouchers: A Wedge Issue for African Americans?
Thanks to President George W. Bush's early morning arm-twisting and a blatant Republican disregard for Congressional rules (with a 15-minute vote taking more than three hours while Republican leadership pressured dissenting members of Congress to change...
Sharing the Responsibility: Increasing Black Male Student Enrollment
Earlier this year, the University System of Georgia's board of regents accepted 15 task-force recommendations designed to increase the number of African American males enrolling in Georgia's colleges and universities (see Black Issues, Oct. 23). Yet,...
Silas Purnell (1923-2003)
An African proverb says, "I am because we are and because we are, therefore, I am." Silas Purnell didn't believe that he was an important person. He believed, like the African proverb, that he was only important because of the work he was doing for...
Study Finds Prostate Cancer Treatment Less Successful for Blacks
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Black men tend to have poorer overall survival rates than White men after being treated for localized prostate cancer, a new study shows. The findings, published in a November issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute,...
The Brave New World of Book Buying
"Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other ... For every thing that is given, something is taken," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay "Self-Reliance." The newest application of this old wisdom involves...
The Highly Anticipated Year in Higher Education
I began my last Editor's Note in 2002 with "2003 is gearing up to be a memorable year," primarily because we knew by then that the U.S. Supreme Court had agreed to hear the University of Michigan's Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger cases,...
Top HBCU Bands Selected for Honda Showcase
ATLANTA From a field of 43 historically Black college and university (HBCU) marching bands, 10 have been selected to perform at the second annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, Jan. 24 at the Georgia Dome. With all the votes tallied,...