Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Publication covering racial issues in higher education.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 14, August 25

Black Issues Becomes Diverse
There is more to these four words than meets the eye. Yes, with this edition, Black Issues In Higher Education magazine becomes Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. But the change involves more than just a new name. Diverse, as the name implies, will...
Breast Cancer Messages Need to Be Targeted toward African-American Women, Researchers Say
Only highly educated White women responding to media messagesCOLUMBIA, MO.African-American women are more likely than Caucasian women to be diagnosed with breast cancer at later stages of the disease and are more likely to die from the disease, according...
Church Impacts Political Activism among Blacks, Expert Says
MANHATTAN, KANSASReligion remains a salient social and cultural institution in the United States. The church's ability to frame social movements has been well documented and the question of church affiliation even cropped up during the 2004 presidential...
College Access and Opportunity Bill Passes House Committee
College would become more affordable for specific groups under amendments to the Higher Education Act reauthorization bill being readied for House consideration this fall. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved the College Access...
Columbia Dedicates $15 Million for Faculty Diversification Efforts
NEW YORKColumbia University recently announced the dedication of $15 million to jump start a new recruitment campaign and to accelerate other ongoing efforts to diversify its faculty. The university trustees, at their June meeting, unanimously approved...
Congress Re-Evaluating Law That Denies Aid to Students Convicted of Drug Crimes
MINNEAPOLISCongress is re-evaluating a five-year old law that denies financial aid to college students with drug convictions.Tens of thousands of students are denied federal grants and loans every year because of drug-crime convictions. In September,...
Dissecting Diversity: PART I: SCHOLARS WEIGH IN ON THE MEANING OF DIVERSITY
One of the major objectives at Diverse is to bring clarity and understanding to the most pressing issues that confront the higher education community. Nowhere is there a greater need for such lucidity than in the area of diversity. In the most honored...
Drawing upon the Diaspora
Immigrant-Origin Blacks Gaining Presence at Elite InstitutionsCallie Watkins entered Harvard University looking forward to interacting with a diverse student population. The freshman was one of more than 120 Black students to enter Harvard in 2001, most...
Duke Researchers Working to Isolate Glaucoma Gene in Ghana
RALEIGH, N.C.In his waiting room, Dr. Rand Allingham saw all the evidence he needed of glaucoma's disproportionate impact on his Black patients - the speed and intensity with which the disease ravaged eyes, robbing victims of their sight.To find the...
Grants & Awards
Bowie State University (Md.) received a three-year $291,354 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program to fund a new summer research graduate preparatory program for science and engineering students....
Harvard's Only Black Board Member Quits in Protest of President Summers' Raise
BOSTONA member of Harvard's top governing board says he resigned over a proposed raise to university president Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, according to a copy of the board member's resignation letter recently released by the university.Harvard Corporation...
Hate Groups Turn Focus on Hispanic Immigrants
Majority of crimes not reported to law enforcementCHATTANOOGA, TENN.Organized hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan have historically terrorized Blacks, Jews, homosexuals and others around the country. But the recent influx of Hispanic immigrants to the...
Key to Student Retention - Strong Advising
Preventing the sophomore slump, tips on increasing enrollment discussed at annual Noel-Levitz conferenceWASHINGTONThirteen percent of freshmen in public four-year institutions will drop out by the beginning of their sophomore year, according to the National...
Lack of Same-Sex Benefits Costly for Pennsylvania Professors, Says Faculty Union
HARRISBURG, PA.State university professor Dr. Rita Drapkin considers herself a married woman, even though Pennsylvania doesn't sanction same-sex marriage. Indiana University of Pennsylvania provides health insurance only to Drapkin, who is assistant...
Latino Students Lag Behind in Financial Aid for College, Report Reveals
WASHINGTONAlthough the percentage of Latino students receiving financial aid for college is at an all-time high, Latinos receive the lowest average federal aid awards of any racial or ethnic group, according to a new report released by Excelencia in...
Low Unemployment in the South Contributing to Rise in Hispanic Population
WASHINGTONThe Hispanic population is growing faster in much of the South than anywhere else in the United States. From North Carolina to Alabama, Hispanic populations have emerged in communities where just a decade ago there were relatively few people...
Medical School Admissions Exam Converting to Computer-Based Format
BALTIMOREThomson Prometric, the technology-enabled testing and assessment services division of the Thomson Corp., last month announced a seven-year agreement with the Association of American Medical Colleges to convert the paper-and-pencil Medical College...
National Urban League Panel Says Incarceration Most Serious Issue Facing Black Males
WASHINGTONAt the 95th National Urban League conference held in Washington last month, a panel of religious leaders, business executives, politicians, activists and journalists convened to discuss what some are calling the Black male crisis.On average,...
On the Move
Send appointment information, along with a color photo, to:Editor, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, 10520 Warwick Ave., Suite B-8, Fairfax, Va., 22030 or e-mail editor@cmapublishing.comDr. Agatha Awuah has been named director of institutional research...
Reauthorization: Substance or Smokescreen?
This summer, the national press corps has been focused on the Supreme Court nomination of John Roberts, Karl Rove's role in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame and the mutually exclusive "wars" on terrorism and Iraq. But for stakeholders in higher...
Report: U.S. Students More Prepared Academically Than 20 Years Ago
Today's students take tougher courses, achieve at higher levels and earn more college degrees than they did 20 years ago, according to a new report focused on the "good news" in American education released recently by the Washington, D.C.-based Center...
Seeking a Safe Place for a Dialogue on Difference
What's missing these days from discourse on issues of difference - "diversity"- is not just civility, but a vocabulary. Language traps meaning and marks territory. It demarcates ideology, values, and too definitively ascribes beliefs and behaviors. We...
Setting the Record Straight
For many American Indians, the media coverage of the Red Lake tragedy is only the most recent example of how modern reservation life and tribal culture are mischaracterized.Dr. Jon Quistgaard is unhappy with the way the national media has portrayed the...
Sharing A Common Interest
Growing weary of the lack of diversity in philosophy courses, Rutgers professor finds way to generate interest in the discipline among minority studentsThe philosopher's job is to provide humanity with practical solutions to reality's intrinsic problems....
Simmons College: A Case Study
Amid fairly insufficient resources and a very small staff, Simmons College, a small, private women's college in Boston, has increased enrollment for five consecutive years. They have experienced an increase in the numbers of applications and deposits,...
Stepping Forward
HISTORICALLY NOT VIEWED AS LEADERS, ASIAN AMERICANS SAY, THEY ARE TAKING STEPS TO CREATE A LEADERSHIP PIPELINE IN THE ACADEMY.As Butler University President Bobby Fong was reviewing applications a few years ago for a national fellows program that grooms...
Tobacco Use among HBCU Students Not as Prevalent, Shows Preliminary Study
DURHAM, N.C.Findings from a survey conducted by North Carolina Central University and the Historically Minority Colleges and Universities Consortium show tobacco use is not as prevalent at historically Black colleges and universities as previous studies...
Wachovia Announces $10 Million Commitment to Black Community Partnerships
CHARLOTTE, N.C.Wachovia, which last month apologized for slave ownership by two predecessor banks, said recently it will contribute more than $10 million over five years to community partnerships aimed at benefiting Black Americans.The Charlotte-based...
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