Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 12, July 31

A Faltering Picture of Diversity: Minority Journalists Don't Have to Consult Industry Surveys to Know That Their Representation in the Newsroom Falls Far below Parity. (Focusing on Diversity in Journalism)
Catalina Camia remembers how stunned she was when at a banquet for an Asian American community group in the late 1980s, a lawyer she had been speaking with for 15 minutes complimented her on her English and asked how long she had been in the country....
After Years of Delay, Remains May Be Reburied at African Burial Ground. (Noteworthy News)
NEW YORK A dozen years after the discovery of a Colonial-era burial ground in lower Manhattan, the remains of some of the slaves and free Blacks once buried there may finally be re-interred this fall. Ceremonies to mark the event are tentatively...
A History of Excellence: Poynter Institute's New President Combines Background in Journalism, Experience in Academe to Lead Premier Training Center to Greater Heights
PONTE VEDRA, FLA. Like many high-achieving African Americans, Dr. Karen Brown Dunlap was warned repeatedly as a child growing up in the South that she had to work twice as hard and be twice as good--"not as good, but better than"--her White counterparts...
Aiming for the Top: Foundation Backing Puts Hampton's Journalism and Communications Program on New Footing
HAMPTON, VA. When Erin Hill read a magazine article her senior year in high school about Hampton University's plans for a new journalism and communications building, she saw the project validating her desire to attend the historically Black school...
A Prize Writer: Washington Post Columnist Colbert I. King's Straight-Talking Ways Earns Him a Pulitzer and National Fame
WASHINGTON Colbert I. King has been to the mountaintop. It's something editorial writers and op-ed columnists do--the way musicians go to the woodshed--to see the visions and bring back the news the world desperately needs to hear. But King's vision--somewhat...
Civil Rights Groups, Berkeley Settle Lawsuit over Admissions Policy. (Affirmative Action Watch)
BERKELEY. CALIF. While the U.S. Supreme Court's decision giving a green light to race-conscious admissions was grabbing headlines, another challenge over race and admissions was quietly coming to closure. Civil rights groups settled with the University...
Clark Atlanta University Begins Round of Layoffs. (Noteworthy News)
ATLANTA Clark Atlanta University began a series of layoffs this month as part of a plan to cut spending by 20 percent. The layoffs, calculated to save about $3.4 million annually in salary and benefits, began with 53 staff members in various departments,...
Congressional Black Caucus Members Criticize Cuts in USDA Programs. (Washington Update)
For Congressional Black Caucus members, a $3 million cut in small federal agriculture programs is causing some major concern. CBC members are questioning House leaders about provisions that cut the funding from small U.S. Department of Agriculture...
House Turns Back Pell Proposal. (Washington Update)
The full House of Representatives took a major step toward approving a 2004 education budget in early July after defeating Democrat-led efforts to increase the top Pell Grant for needy students. Democratic leaders had sought to increase the Pell...
Journalists and Activists. (Speaking of Education)
Walter White was once a central figure in African American life. His biographer, Kenneth Robert Janken, calls him "Mr. NAACP." A Black man who could pass for White, Mr. White delighted in switch-hitting, in using his near-White skin and light hair...
Kent State Researchers Explore Digital Divide in New Book. (Tech Talk)
KENT, OHIO There has been considerable evidence amassed by public officials and researchers that documents a "digital divide" in American society existing between those who have and can afford the latest in technological tools and those who have...
Moving Morrison beyond the Literary Classroom: Toni Morrison Society Celebrates 10 Years, Encourages Readers of All Ages to Know the Author. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON Mention one of Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison's seven critically acclaimed novels to a friend and you will most likely be met with a familiar protest: "Beloved? I just couldn't get through it"; "Paradise? I never did figure out what was...
NAACP Chairman Urges Affirmative Action Policies. (Affirmative Action Watch)
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. NAACP chairman Julian Bond praised the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the use of race as a factor in university admissions policies while criticizing President Bush and his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, for challenging...
Program to Help HBCUs Assess Good Financial Practices. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) announced a pilot partnership this month to provide peer reviews for historically Black colleges...
Search the Web like a Pro. (Personal Computing)
When searching for information on the Web, do you just fire up Google <www.google.com> and type in a word or two? You're not alone. Despite Google's effectiveness as an Internet search tool, you probably could be a lot more productive in finding...
Staking a Claim in the Converged Media World. (Last Word)
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to change the media ownership roles on June 2. In short, part of the ruling would allow newspaper owners in certain media markets to purchase television stations in the same city. For example, the Gannett...
Student Group Vows to Defeat Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Proposal. (Affirmative Action Watch)
DETROIT A student activist group is organizing a national boycott to defeat Ward Connerly's proposed anti-affirmative action ballot initiative in Michigan. The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action & Integration and Fight for Equality by...
Study: Nation's Charter Schools Are Places of Racial Isolation. (Noteworthy News)
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University (CRP) released a new study earlier this month on segregation patterns in the nation's charter schools. "Charter Schools and Race: A Lost Opportunity for Integrated Education," written...
University of Iowa to Help African Schools with Internet. (Tech Briefs)
IOWA CITY, IOWA A University of Iowa project that recently got more than $225,000 in federal grants will help African universities expand their educational opportunities through Internet and satellite technology. U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa,...
University of Iowa Wins $1.8 Million for Minority Doctorates. (Noteworthy News)
IOWA CITY, IOWA The University of Iowa won more than $1.8 million in grants to increase the number of Black, Hispanic and American Indian doctoral candidates in engineering, math and chemistry, school officials announced this month. The Graduate...
When Journalists Become the News. (Editor's Note)
It's not often that journalists make the headlines, but this year has been an exception. From the reports of embedded reporters being killed while covering the war in Iraq to the Jayson Blair scandal at the New York Times, journalists have become the...