Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 19, November 4

After First Rejecting Request, Catholic University Approves NAACP Chapter
WASHINGTON The Catholic University of America's Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events has approved a request to form a student chapter of the NAACP, after the students gave the university's president assurances recently that they...
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Ayers Case Ends after Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal
JACKSON, MISS. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a Mississippi college desegregation lawsuit, ending a 29-year-old legal battle over state support of three historically Black universities. Officials say the state can now enforce...
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Becoming a Citizen of the World
W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the leading intellectuals of the 20th century, was unwavering in his commitment to the equality of the colored peoples of the world. All intellectual giant and a life-long agitator, Du Bois devoted his life to ensuring that the...
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Community Colleges Vital for Diverse Engineering Work Force, Report Says
WASHINGTON How critical are community colleges in educating America's engineers? According to many educators, the schools play a vital role, and their influence will continue to grow. In 1999-2000, 40 percent of engineers reported having turned...
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Congress Weighs Simplifying Student-Aid Process
Nora Diaz almost didn't make it to college because her student-aid application form was too long and complicated. Diaz told a congressional panel that she couldn't have filled out the form without help from counselors. And without student aid, college...
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Documenting the Diaspora: Historian Couple Investigate Central Africa's Place in World History, Rooting Black Studies in an International Context
Traveling to the Vatican to study documents once belonging to a 17th-century central African diplomat may seem an unlikely project for professors in an African American studies program. But for Drs. John Thornton and Linda Heywood, husband and wife...
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Do Graduate Assistants Get a Fair Deal?
There is nothing like a campus environment to reinforce the concept of teamwork. Few on a campus can do their jobs alone. From the loftiest endowed chair holder, hefty salary in pocket, to the newest assistant professor, everyone makes a contribution,...
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Foreign Student Visa Process Clumsy and Cumbersome, Educators Say
Visa requirements imposed on foreign students since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are confusing, redundant and causing more problems than they solve, witnesses appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said last month. They noted that...
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Gordon Parks Returns to Hero's Welcome in Hometown
FORT SCOTT, KAN. The town that wouldn't let Gordon Parks sit with the White people when he was growing up made it up to him in a big way with a four-day celebration of his life. In the downtown theater where, as a boy, Parks had to sit in the...
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New Learning Community Promotes Diversity, Leadership at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
LINCOLN, NEB. Melvin Jones Scholars Learning Community supporters plan for students in this new University of Nebraska-Lincoln learning community to become leaders both in academic and off-campus settings. The community is named for former UNL...
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NIH Funds Michigan Project to Improve Racial Disparities in Pregnancy Outcomes
ANN ARBOR, MICH. Black women are three times more likely than White women to die during pregnancy, and twice as many Black babies as White babies die in infancy. Yet researchers know little about why pregnancy and infant health differ by race, despite...
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Pushing the Walls of the Classroom Aside
We talk about being a part of the "global community" and how our country is "so diverse" so much that I wonder if we truly comprehend indeed how much our world is changing and what it all portends. The increasing diversity on our college campuses really...
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Report: Half of All Undergraduates Fail to Apply for Financial Aid
WASHINGTON A new study says hundreds of thousands of college students who may be eligible for federal financial aid don't get it for a simple reason--they don't apply. The study, "Missed Opportunities: Students Who Do Not Apply for Financial...
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Report: Minority Students Still Lag Behind in Spite of Improved Fourth-Grade Reading Lessons
PRINCETON, N.J. The overall health of the nation's fourth-grade reading instruction is good, however, many minority students do not share equally in educational resources, quality teachers, and smaller classes, reports a new Educational Testing...
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Restoring a Ruptured Relationship: Barnard College's Caryl Phillips' Senior English Seminar Focuses on Broken International Connections and Culminates with a Trans-Atlantic Journey
Millions of African people who were captured, kidnapped and shackled for sale as part of the trans-Atlantic slave trade first passed through Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, West Africa. They stepped through the doorway that set them on a horrifying journey...
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Reversing the Tide: A Complex Visa Process Has Contributed to a Decline in the Number of International Students Coming to the Country since 9/11
In January, Humphrey Tusimiirwe, a native of Uganda, finally realized his dream of pursuing a psychology degree at a U.S. university. What he didn't realize, however, was how arduous the U.S. student visa process would be. Although Tusimiirwe, 23,...
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Science, Technology Professions Showing Mixed Progress for Women
Growth over the past two decades for women in scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) jobs has seen uneven progress, according to a report from the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST). Analyzing employment...
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Senate Endorses More Science, Education Funds for HBCUs
Calling current funding inadequate, the U.S. Senate is proposing moderate increases next year for both well-known and smaller federal programs serving Black colleges and other minority-serving institutions. While one plan would increase funds for...
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Some NCAA Schools Get High Marks from Black Coaches Group
INDIANAPOLIS The Black Coaches Association (BCA) still wants more minority hires in college football. But the group's new report card finds at most Division I schools are increasing their efforts to include minorities in the search process. Seventeen...
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State Dual Enrollment Policies Not Sufficient to Reach Students Who Might Benefit Most
WASHINGTON While most policy-makers and educators hope to expand the availability of credit-based transition programs at community colleges for a broader range of high school students, few states have legislation that supports outreach to low- and...
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Uncovering Frank Yerby: Journey to the Ph.D. Leads One Scholar to Madrid, Spain, to Unravel the Complexities of an Expatriate Best-Selling Novelist
I was working to finish the first chapter of my dissertation when the opportunity arose to travel overseas. The deal--to chaperone a group of college students to Athens, Greece. Once I had successfully accompanied the students to Athens and assisted...
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Water Leak Delays Planned Opening of Greensboro Civil Rights Museum
GREENSBORO, N.C. A water leak will probably delay the opening of a planned civil fights museum by at least three or four months and add up to $200,000 to the cost, organizers says. The $10 million International Civil Rights Center and Museum...
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