Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, March 13

A Scientific Mandate: Interview with Dr. Rita R. Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation. (Special Report: Technology in Higher Ed.)
Established by the U.S. Congress through the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense," NSF finds itself at the epicenter...
A Super Science Project: New Jersey Teen Is First African American Student to Win Prestigious Competition
Juliet Girard sounds a lot like the girl next door. Friendly. Perky. Chatty. But Girard is not the girl next door. A senior at William Dickinson High School in Jersey City, N.J., Girard recently won the Siemens Westinghouse Competition for a science...
Black Guide to Life at Harvard Debuts
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. Harvard University's Black Students Association unveiled its long-awaited "The Black Guide to Life at Harvard" last month during an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Afro-American Studies department. The 322-page...
Challenging the Future of Black Studies: Scholars Debate and Discover `Profound Generation Gap' at Conference. (Faculty Club)
NEW YORK While hundreds of Black scholars from across the nation were making plans to converge on New York City last month for what promised to be one of the landmark conferences of the year--"The State of Black Studies: Methodology, Pedagogy and...
Clarence G. Newsome Named 13th President of Shaw University
RALEIGH, N.C. Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, longtime dean of Howard University's School of Divinity, becomes Shaw University's 13th president on April 1. Newsome's appointment was officially announced in mid-February at a news conference for trustees,...
Colleges Prepare for Possible End to Affirmative Action: Interest in Alternatives to Race-Conscious Admissions High at Quality Education for Minorities Conference. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON With the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing of arguments in the University of Michigan's affirmative action cases only weeks away, the tone of the annual Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) conference held here last month was one of resigned...
Congress, Bush Finally Agree on 2003 Budget: Minority-Serving Institutions, TRIO, GEAR UP Receive Slight Increases. (Washington Update)
After months of negotiations, the U.S. Congress and the White House finished work on a 2003 budget bill with a 5 percent increase for Black colleges and slightly higher Pell grants for needy students. Approval of the package ends months of posturing...
Higher Education Budget Cuts and the Ground Crew. (Speaking of Education)
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released report last month, "College Affordability in Jeopardy," that owed public colleges "continue to become less affordable for students and families." According to the independent, nonpartisan...
Is There a Solution to Buggy Computers? (Personal Computing)
As I was writing this, Microsoft issued three more updates for Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 6--one "critical" update, one security update and one patch. Recently a security vulnerability in Microsoft's database program SQL...
Life Experiences Color Online: Classmates' Identities
The words "race blind" literally took on a new meaning when I enrolled in an online class. Gone were the labels I had used so often, like reaching for a TV remote control. Black and White. Asian. Multiracial. So it wasn't surprising that race crossed...
Lincoln University May Fight for Control of Valuable Art, Judge Says. (Noteworthy News)
PHILADELPHIA A judge ruled last month that Lincoln University, a historically Black college outside Philadelphia, may fight a court petition that would dilute its control over a valuable, world-renowned collection of art. Lincoln opposes a petition...
Mastering the Challenge of High-Performance Computing: But There Are Perils in Ignoring Developments in the Rising Field, Scholars Say
Not long after her appointment as Hampton University's first chief information officer in 1999, Debra S. White, a former IBM executive, found that in addition to managing a campus IT network upgrade she had to contend with demanding scientists in programs,...
Michigan Researchers Study Letters of Slave-Trading Family: Papers Revisit Long-Standing Taboo of Mixed-Race Affairs. (Noteworthy News)
DETROIT A collection of 10,000 letters written by a family of slave traders and studied by University of Michigan researchers touches on one of the most controversial topics of the time: mixed-race affairs and the families that resulted. The...
Minority-Serving Institutions Join Forces to Seek Change. (Washington Update)
In an effort to promote mutual goals, leaders of Black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions and tribal colleges are endorsing an ambitious agenda that includes a doubling of the maximum Pell grant and new incentives to promote student enrollment...
Missouri-Columbia to Keep Summer Program for Minorities. (Noteworthy News)
COLUMBIA, MO. The University of Missouri at Columbia is sticking by its Transitions program for incoming minority students, even as other schools change or eliminate their programs in anticipation of the Supreme Court's decision on the University...
Need to Buy a Computer? Use a Computer to Buy It. (Tech Talk)
Tuition paid? Check. Books bought? Check. Now it's time to go shopping for that other classroom sine qua non: computer equipment. Except you probably don't have much money left for a big purchase like a computer. With the economy in the toilet and...
On the Technology Job Market: Slight Decline in New Computer Science Majors, Prompts Researchers to Ponder Current, Future State of Technology Employment. (Special Report: Technology in Higher Ed)
The downturn in the economy and the recent dot-com and technology bust may be causing more undergraduates to think twice about majoring in computer science or engineering. In 2001 and 2002, there was a slight decline in the number of new students majoring...
Open Source Software Maker Offers Academic Program. (Tech Briefs)
RALEIGH, N.C. Red Hat Inc., a leading Linux and open source software provider, has announced the Red Hat Academy, a comprehensive educational package enabling schools and colleges to certify their students in Linux operating system and applications...
Quality Educational Leaders: Those without Realm, Range Need Not Apply. (Last Word)
Based on 1993 data, the Digest of Education Statistics recently reported that roughly 86 percent of all employees in executive, administrative or managerial (EAM) positions in institutions of higher education were White. Careful attention, therefore,...
Report: College Affordability in Jeopardy. (Noteworthy News)
SAN JOSE, CALIF. Public higher education tuition has soared in the past year as state spending for colleges and universities has dropped sharply, according to a new report on college affordability released last month. "The states are responding...
Report: Minorities Hold Few Top College Sports Jobs in Michigan. (Noteworthy News)
DETROIT Although state universities and the NCAA have discussed the issue of diversity for decades, nine out of 10 jobs in Michigan college athletics are still going to White candidates, and three out of four to men. The findings of a study by...
Talbert O. Shaw Retires after 15 Years at Shaw University. (Noteworthy News)
RALEIGH, N.C. At a time when some historically Black colleges are making headlines for financial mismanagement and woes, Shaw University's outgoing president is being remembered for daring to take the reins of a financially troubled institution...
Technology in Higher Ed. (Special Report)
* The Top 10 Best Places to Work in IT, 2002 (1) University of Miami (2) State Farm Insurance Cos. (3) Avon Products Inc. (4) Fannie Mae (5) Cabot Corp. (6) The Home Depot Inc. (7) Harrah's Entertainment Inc. (8) The Reader's...
The Art of High Performance in Technology, Science, Life. (Editor's Note)
In "Mastering the Challenge of High-Performance Computing," senior writer Ronald Roach examines the nexus between information technology and scientific discovery. For the nation's colleges and universities to have truly competitive information technology...
The Ways of Washington: NSF Board Chairman Keeps Long-Term Policy Issues at the Forefront. (Special Report: Technology in Higher Ed)
At a time when immediate homeland security concerns are helping to bring about increases n the National Science Foundation's budget, Dr. Warren Washington can be expected to press the federal agency on long-term policy issues, such as improving K-12...
Yale Researchers' New SAT Test Could Better Predict College Success. (Noteworthy News)
NEW HAVEN, CONN. A revised college admissions test that measures creative and practical skills as well as memory and analytical ability has succeeded in its first round of testing with college students, according to the lead investigator at Yale...

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