Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 9, June 17

2004 John Hope Franklin Award Winners
Black Issues In Higher Education is proud to announce the winners of the first John Hope Franklin award. Historian, educator, humanitarian and scholar, Franklin has made significant contributions to shaping the perspective of American history in...
50 Years Later: Can Current Education Policy Finish the Work Started with Brown?
Black Issues In Higher Education first started publishing a year after the 1983 "A Nation at Risk" report shocked many into taking seriously the sorry nature of elementary and secondary education in this country. The report's dire warnings of a "rising...
A Delayed Victory: Southern University Awards Student Protesters Honorary Degrees Nearly 50 Years after Expulsion
BATON ROUGE, La. Forty-four years after expelling them for participating in sit-ins at three racially segregated restaurants, Southern University invited the 16 former students back to the historically Black campus to receive honorary degrees at...
A Void Yet to Fill
When Black issues In Higher Education was being created a little more than 20 years ago, none of us associated with it could have anticipated what this magazine would eventually become. Over the years, however, it has changed and grown into something...
BIHE@20: By the Numbers
Over the past 20 years, higher education has seen significant growth in the numbers of both associate's and bachelor's degrees conferred on students in the United States, particularly women and minorities. For example, the number of associate's degrees...
Black Biography Project Opens the Pages of History
BOSTON History has not been good to Onesimus. As smallpox raged across Boston in 1721, the prominent Boston minister Cotton Mather suggested "ye Method of Inoculation" that he had learned from Onesimus, his former slave: Deliberately infect healthy...
Black College Alumni Gifts on the Rise
ATLANTA Alumni giving to historically Black colleges and universities is growing, thanks in part to the Kresge Foundation through its HBCU Initiative, which works with HBCUs to strengthen their fund raising and institutional advancement. While...
Brown Anniversary Speakers Say Anger Needed in Debate over Education
TOPEKA, KAN. Activists need to be as angry now about inadequate public schools as they were during the 1960s about Blacks being denied their civil rights, speakers at an NAACP conference on education said last month. Kweisi Mfume, NAACP president...
Brown Celebration Inspires Design Contest, Reveals Disparity
URBANA CHAMPAIGN, ILL. As part of a yearlong celebration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to mark the 50th anniversary celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, the graphic design program in the department of art and design sponsored...
California Colleges Creating New Paths to Being a Teacher
SEASIDE, CALIF. Facing a wave of teacher retirements and increasing pressure to turn out new teachers, universities and school districts are looking to fight state budget cuts by finding new ways to get teachers into the classroom. Alternatives...
'Change Takes Time' While the Names Have Changed-And Some of the Laws-Many Age-Old Debates in Higher Education Have Remained the Same over the Past 20 Years
In the 1980s, a Republican president led a defense build-up in response to foreign crises, and his education secretary, chided the establishment on school reform. Legal experts debated the merits of affirmative action, while advocates questioned the...
Congress' Debate Deepens over Republican College Access Bill
The debate over the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is deepening between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives as they focus on student aid--specifically student loans and Pell Grants. Democrats say the changes...
Conservative Scholars Ponder K-12 Education: Conference Highlights Include Discussions of Public School Reform, Closing Racial Achievement Gap
NEW YORK During the week the nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Brown Board of Education school desegregation case, more than 200 conservative scholars and education officials gathered in New York...
Creating Web Sites for Web Surfers
If you build it, will they come? This is one of the fundamental questions anybody creating a Web site has to confront, whether you're a business person, a Web professional or a home user. One of the fundamental ways to ensure people do come, and...
Doing More with Less: Despite Having Fewer Resources, HBCUs Have Outpaced Majority Institutions in Producing Black Professionals, but Experts Say Strong Leadership Will Be the Key to Their Long-Term Survival
Since their founding in segregation, the nation's historically Black colleges and universities have been studies in resourcefulness, contrasts, resoluteness, possibilities and miracles. But have the past 20 years marked the worst of times for these...
'Educate, Don't Segregate': Twenty Legal and Legislative Milestones in Higher Education
This timeline reflects some of the most significant legal and legislative milestones that have influenced higher education almost as long as Black Issues In Higher Education has been in print. The ongoing legal battles have primarily involved the further...
Education Groups Seek Delay in Sevis-Fee Implementation
Three education associations have requested that the implementation of fees for Sevis, the electronic foreign-student tracking system, be delayed for further review. The American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities and...
Giants in the Classroom: Twenty Influential Scholars Whose Work Has Inspired Others and Made a Significant Impact on the Academy
Over the past two decades, Black Issues writers and editors have featured hundreds, perhaps thousands, of faculty in the magazine's stories and interviews. Deciding on 20 faculty members whose research, teaching and service set them above their peers...
How Long? Cosby, Brown and Racial Progress
Bill Cosby ruffled feathers, raised eyebrows and said a mouthful when, at a Howard University black-tie celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, he launched into a rift about "the lower economic people" not holding up their...
In Memoriam
WALTER H. ANNENBERG--businessman; statesman; publisher; philanthropist, The Annenberg Foundation ARTHUR ASHE--tennis legend; educator: social activist; organizer, Artists and Athletes Against Apartheid DR. MARGUERITE ROSS BARNETT--educator; political...
Long Overdue
"After researching, analyzing and listening to the 'pros' from all sectors of higher education, it became obvious that this publication was long overdue." wrote Frank L. Matthews and William E. Cox in their "Publisher's Viewpoint" in March 1984. Black...
Looking toward the Future: New Research Helps Black Sororities and Fraternities Consider New Governing Structures for the Next 100 Years
America's Black college-based fraternity and sorority movement is rapidly approaching two historic milestones. Next year will mark the 75th anniversary of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. (NPHC), and 2006 marks a full century since Alpha Phi...
Memoirs of Slave Who Died in Vermont to Be Republished This Fall
BURLINGTON, VT. The last time Jeffrey Brace saw his parents was in Africa as he headed to the river for a swim with friends. "My mother pressed me to her breast, and warned me of the dangers of the waters, for she knew no other," Brace said. His...
More Research Needed on Growing Disparity between White, Black Infant Death Rates, Experts Say
CHICAGO When Nakida Maxson was pregnant, some of her friends teased her about going to birthing classes and taking prenatal vitamins, saying they were things only White people did. Maxson, who's Black, ignored her friends. "It's not a White people...
National Collegiate Video Game Tournament to Debut in the Fall
LOS ANGELES Two college market entertainment firms have announced plans to launch the 2004 Video Sports College Challenge (Vs2C), a nationwide two-month college tournament to determine the top college in video game play. As a national tournament,...
NEA Study Finds Stagnant Resources Jeopardize Public Schools
Investments in public schools are not keeping pace with the needs of our children, according to an education funding report released last month by the National Education Association (NEA). Last fall, nearly 400,000 additional children entered the...
Not Your Father's Community College: New Programs, Increased Visibility Boost Two-Year Institutions' Appeal
Public perception of community colleges has improved so much in the past two decades that they are no longer regarded as higher education's last resort. Many two-year schools have increased the number and visibility of honors programs. They have signed...
On the Right Path: Over the Past 20 Years, Colleges and Universities Continue to Experience an Increase in the Number of American Indian/Alaska Native Students Receiving Degrees
Accounting for only 1 percent of the total U.S. population, American Indians have a 60 percent to 70 percent high school dropout rate, the highest among all minority groups. At the same time, however, more American Indian students than ever are graduating...
Racial Stereotypes Influence Readers' Memories of Crime Stories, Study Finds
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. If asked to imagine a criminal suspect, certain mental pictures come to mind for most people. According to a recent Penn State study concerning people's memory of news photographs, images that accentuate African American facial...
Reducing Black-White Test Score Gap Begins with Early Verbal Interaction at Home
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. In 2003 the Supreme Court ruled in support of affirmative action in college admissions, but their ruling suggested that affirmative action should become unnecessary in the next 25 years. However, a large test score gap between...
Riding the Crest of a Wave: One of Black Issues First Writers Reflects on the Growth of a Well-Timed Publication
It's always fun to ride the crest of a wave. As one of the first writers at Black Issues In Higher Education. I quickly realized the publication had impeccable dining, covering diversity and minority-serving colleges just as these issues--and new organizations...
Supreme Court Justice Thomas Tells Law School Graduates to Make Decisions by Principle
YPSILANTI, MICH. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told students graduating from Ave Maria School of Law last month to make decisions by principle first and never to quit. In a commencement speech for the conservative Catholic school,...
Technology: Riding the Waves of Change
Twenty years of information technology (IT) innovation have transformed American higher education. From the introduction of personal computers to the spread of the Internet and e-mail, information technology innovation has altered the communications,...
The Best Is Yet to Come: Women of Color Have Risen to the Top Ranks in Higher Education, and Observers Agree That More Leadership Opportunities Are on the Horizon
In some ways the picture for women of color in higher education leadership has never looked blighter. "We have Ruth Simmons, a woman of amazing grace and grit, (leading) Brown University. And that Shirley Jackson," president of Renssalaer Polytechnic...
The State of Latino Education: A War against Ignorance
The population of Latinos in the United States has skyrocketed to approximately 40 million, and they've begun to move into virtually every state in the union, particularly into the Midwest, Northwest and Southeast. Yet, with time exception of many...
Where the Boys Aren't: The Decline of Black Males in Colleges and Universities Has Sociologists and Educators Concerned about the Future of the African American Community
The opposition to Negro education in the South was at first bitter ... for the South believed an educated Negro to be a dangerous Negro. And the South was not wholly wrong; for education among all kinds of men always has had, and always will have,...
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