Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 18, October 21

Alvin Chambliss Joins Indiana University Faculty: Attorney Fought Mississippi Desegregation Case for 30 Years
BLOOMINGTON, IND. Growing up poor as one of 12 children in Columbia, Miss., Alvin O. Chambliss Jr. sometimes went hungry but never lost his appetite for knowledge. "I can say that some of the times during my high school years I was hungry," recalled...
Are You Presidential Material? with Stiff Competition, Officials Say Finding the Right Mix of 'Passion and Mission' Has Made the Presidential Search Process More Complicated
Mix together a small army of stakeholders, add a paper trail long enough to rival the feats of Lewis and Clark, season with enough anxiety to keep the campus counseling professionals busy for a semester or two and you have a recipe for the presidential...
A Year after Reburial of Slaves, Debate over Memorial
NEW YORK When more than 400 slaves were reburied last year at a site unearthed by construction workers in lower Manhattan, the occasion was marked by singing, dancing--and promises for an elaborate memorial. Today, the site is marked by only...
Continuing the Work at Hand: Despite a Likely Termination at the Year's End, FAMU President Fred Gainous Works to Keep the University Running
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. It's been business as usual for Dr. Fred Gainous, president of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. He's kept meetings with various school departments, maintained his daily regimen of walks on campus and continues his...
Couple Honored for Housing Black Iowa State Students in the Mid-1900s
AMES, IOWA If Archie and Nancy Martin were alive to see the expansive new residence hall named in their honor, there's little doubt they would be awestruck. Last month, the board of regents, State of Iowa, approved the renaming of one of the...
Demographics and Issues of Retention
The United States is "becoming a nation of multiple minorities with no majority group," according to a recent study by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. This demographic shift, therefore, poses opportunities and challenges to our...
Federal Desegregation Case Allows Auburn to Meet Diversity Goals
AUBURN, ALA. Black applicants to Auburn University are automatically admired if they meet minimum requirements, while students of other races with similar credentials often face further review before admission, school officials said. The two-year-old...
From Mississippi to Miami: Florida International University Recruits Legendary Civil Rights Activist Bob Moses and His Nationally Recognized Math Literacy Project
Few historic episodes in American history have imparted a more potent plea for social justice and inclusion than the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. In the past two decades, legendary activist Bob Moses has channeled the best of the civil...
Is It Time to Disband Black Fraternities and Sororities?
A couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite former students--now an administrator at Fisk University--called to inquire how quickly I could get Fisk on my speaking schedule. He informed me that my fraternity brothers on the campus had become the latest...
Keeping Students Afloat: Noel-Levitz Awards Recognize Retention Programs That Generate Results
Sink or swim. That has been the prevailing climate of higher education in the past students will either find their way through, or find their way out of institutions of higher learning. But since roughly the late 1980s and through the 1990s, on campuses...
Making Sense of Optical Storage
Computer manufacturers have always loved their acronyms, and this has never been so evident as in the world of computer optical storage. It's an alphabet soup: DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVDRW, DVD-RAM, DVDROM, CD-RW, CD-R, and CD-ROM. It sometimes seems...
North Carolina A&T State University Partners with USDA to Host National Technology Center
GREENSBORO, N.C. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to relocate one of NRCS's three national technology centers and a remote...
Presidential Searches: Taking Risks and Reaping Rewards
Ask any executive search firm, chair of a presidential search committee or chair of a board of trustees to name the most important quality, attribute or skill needed for today's college president and if honestly given, the answer will be "the ability...
Report: Black Colleges Continue to Reduce Student Loan Default Rates
Historically Black colleges and universities have come out ahead on a major test of their ability to reduce student loan default rates. A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds no Black college facing sanctions due to high default...
Senate Bill to Fund Bush Community College Plan
Seven months after President Bush proposed a new $250 million initiative for job training at community colleges, a Senate panel is stepping forward to try to fund it. The Senate committee responsible for education spending has included funds for...
Stanford Lures Harvard Professors Bobo, Morgan
BOSTON For married partners in academia, tenure, or the lack thereof, can complicate a couple's situation substantially, and not always in the most positive manner. But for two nationally renowned professors, Lawrence Bobo and Marcyliena Morgan,...
Survey Reveals 10 Biggest Trends in Internet Use: New Digital Divides Emerging, Credibility of Internet Dropping
LOS ANGELES A decade after the World Wide Web opened up convenient Internet use to millions of Americans, 10 major trends have emerged to reveal how the Internet most affects its users, according to a comprehensive study of online technology impact...
University of Illinois Unveils World's Most Powerful MRI
CHICAGO The University of Illinois at Chicago has introduced the world's most powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine for human studies, capable of imaging not just the anatomy but the metabolism within the brain. This advanced technology...
University of Michigan's Admissions Policy Still an Issue for Regents' Election
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. More than a year has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the University of Michigan's undergraduate admissions policy as too formulaic because it awarded points based on race. But the decision remains an important...
University of Virginia Panel Recommends Diversity Officer, Collaboration with HBCUs
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. A committee that was formed after racially tinged incidents at the University of Virginia recommended recently the creation of an officer for "diversity and equity" who would report to the president. The panel also recommended...
Yale Conference Examines Life, Work of Michael Jackson
NEW HAVEN, CONN. Michael Jackson, frequently savaged in the tabloid press, was picked apart by more ratified critics as scholars gathered for a conference on the pop star at Yale University. Eighteen scholars from U.S. universities discussed...