Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 5, April 21

Anorexia, Bulimia Becoming 'Equal Opportunity Disorders'
MONTGOMERY, ALA. Liza LeGrand's odyssey started with anorexia in her early 20s, eventually evolving to include classic binge and purge episodes. Before long, the five-foot-two-inch woman had dwindled down to 70 pounds. Now 36 and living in Orlando,...
Building a 'Culture of Effort'
When Benedict College president Dr. David Swinton noticed the nagging underperformance of his students, he instituted a new grading policy, which has become controversial. But Swinton says the policy could save remedial students, putting them back...
Civil Rights Group Claims California's Minority High-School Dropout Rate Is Inaccurate
LOS ANGELES California's high school dropout rates were miscalculated, and more accurate figures show that only half of male Hispanic and Black students in the state earned regular high-school diplomas, a civil rights group says. The state has...
Commission Says Better Accountability a National Imperative for Higher Education
WASHINGTON A national commission of political, business and higher education leaders have called for a "fresh approach" to educational accountability, citing increasing global competition, low rates of college completion and a gap in college access...
Congratulations ... 2005 Award Winners
In seeking to further institutionalize and celebrate his scholarly contributions, Black Issues In Higher Education is proud to announce the second annual John Hope Franklin Awards. Historian, educator, humanitarian and scholar, Franklin has made significant...
Deconstructing Controversy with Innovation, Information
Challenging longstanding practices or questioning conventional wisdom are actions that leaders seldom are willing to take. The rebels and mavericks who advocate for and create radical change often find themselves on the outs with their colleagues,...
Exporting Technology to War-Torn Regions: With the Help from a San Francisco State Professor, Medical-Information Centers Are Changing the Face of Iraqi Medicine
As Dr. Gary Selnow watched California's high-tech boom of the 1990s transform people into millionaires literally overnight, he believed it should mean more than just greenbacks and stock options. So the San Francisco State University professor of communication...
Grand Valley State College Republicans Could Face Disciplinary Action for 'Affirmative Action' Bake Sale
ALLENDALE, MICH. The College Republicans group at Grand Valley State University is facing harsh criticism for an "affirmative action" bake sale it held on campus in March. The same cupcake that a White male could buy for $2 was available for 75...
In Memoriam: Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. (1937-2005)
We lost Johnnie Cochran recently. America lost a good man. Education lost a friend. Black Issues In Higher Education lost a friend. I personally lost a friend. Johnnie was so much more than the celebrity his legal pursuits and victories portrayed...
Kansas State Professor Examines How People Express Racism
MANHATTAN, KAN. Racism is still expressed in people's actions, even in today's society, where voiced racism is overwhelmingly shunned. That's the conclusion of Dr. Donald Saucier, a Kansas State University psychologist, who has been studying...
Lawmaker Says Black Voters Angered by Langston Controversy
OKLAHOMA CITY A Black state lawmaker said recently that Black voters feel betrayed by Democratic leaders who agreed to a higher education bond plan that may threaten the future of the Black college in Tulsa. Rep. Opio Toure, D-Oklahoma City,...
Leadership and Diversity in Louisiana: A Case Study
BATON ROUGE, LA. When the Louisiana Community and Technical College System was created in 1999, White males dominated the environment. The system's chief administrator and the chairman of its governing board were White men, as were seven of its...
Madness or Elitism? African Americans Who Reject HBCUs
Dereglement is a sociological term difficult to translate into English. Of French origin, its closest English translations are "derangement" or "madness," almost implying the presence of evil. Nevertheless, the term dereglement came to mind during...
Maryland Medical School to Look at Better Treatment Options for Black Diabetes and Hypertension Patients
BALTIMORE A five-year study will look at whether teaching doctors about the latest diabetes and hypertension treatment guidelines and providing counseling for their Black patients will help the patients better manage their conditions. Researchers...
Obtaining Student Visas Remains an Endurance Test
International students seeking to study in the United States still face hurdles as the kinks in the new visa-granting process are ironed out. At the same time, government officials say the system is becoming easier to manage as schools and consular...
Senate Rejects President's Call to Cut Early College Awareness Programs: Instead Votes to Provide an Extra $5 Billion for Education Programs
Advocates for minority-serving institutions and increased financial aid prevailed in one battle but lost another as Congress continues to send mixed signals on the prospect of more higher education funding next year. The Senate secured a major victory...
Spelman President Receives 2005 Brock International Prize in Education: Tatum First Woman and First African American to Receive the Prestigious Award
NORMAN, OKLA. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College in Atlanta, and noted author on racial identity and relations, has been named as the 2005 recipient of the Brock International Prize in Education. The Brock Prize consists of...
The Dialect Dilemma: Whether One Is Speaking Ebonics or Appalachian English, Sociolinguists Say All Dialects Are Created Equal
"Just forget telling your child to go to the Peace Corps. It's right around the corner (laughter). It's standing on the corner. It can't speak English. It doesn't want to speak English. I can't even talk the way these people talk: "Why you ain't?"...
UMass Chancellor's Diversity Plan Draws Fire from Students, Faculty
AMHERST, MASS. University of Massachusetts students and faculty members sharply criticized Chancellor John Lombardi's proposal to improve campus diversity issues, saying his plan takes too much power away from students. Acknowledging the "angst...
University of Texas Admissions Law Could Face Change
AUSTIN, TEXAS If it weren't for the top 10 percent law, says Dr. Monte Geren, many of the most successful students in his school district wouldn't make it to a Texas university. Geren is superintendent of La Vega Independent School District,...