Black Issues in Higher Education

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

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 8, June 5

A Time for Innovative Thinking. (Last Word)
In a recent article in Black Issues In Higher Education, a U.S. Department of Education official stated that he knew of few strategies for making graduate and professional school accessible to African Americans. Since I knew of at least one (I developed...
Beacons of Hope: SECME Inc. Partners with Minority-Serving Institutions to Create Alternative High Schools to Increase High School, College Completion Rates. (Top 100: 2001-2002)
In 2000, only 18 percent of all African American and 10 percent of Hispanics completed a four-year degree by age 29, compared with 34 percent of Whites (total populations), according to the U.S. Department of Education. The reason, experts say,...
Getting through the Hard Times: Graduating Seniors Are Confronting One of the Tightest Job Markets in Recent Years. What Are Students Doing to Remain Competitive?
As a business administration major, Jermanne Perry, a graduating senior at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, recognized last year that the slumping U.S. economy showed little promise of turning around by spring 2003. By getting an early...
Hampton's Pharmacy School Receives $2 Million to Study Ecstasy. (Noteworthy News)
HAMPTON, VA. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Hampton University School of Pharmacy recently received a $2.1 million award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse at National Institutes of Health to study the causes of the symptoms...
Homeland Security Tops List of Critical Higher Education Policy Issues. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON Homeland security and affirmative action are at the top of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges' (AGB) list of 10 public-policy issues that higher education leaders will need to address in the next two years....
Labor of Love: Law Professors' Study Provides New Weapons in Fighting Job Discrimination. (Top 100: 2001-2002)
Ruth and Alfred "Al" Blumrosen have worked for almost 50 years to improve labor conditions in this country and around the world. And despite recently buying a beach house in Naples, Fla., the couple, law professors at Rutgers University in Newark,...
Lawmakers Link Affirmative Action, K-12 Funding Issues: Race-Conscious Admissions Help 'Right' Inequities in Local School Financing, Coalition Says. (Affirmative Action Watch)
A congressional coalition is seeking to link two of the most contentious issues in education today--unequal K-12 funding and affirmative action in higher education. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., who is leading the coalition, says unequal funding and...
Legislation Seeks to Broaden Access to HOPE Scholarship. (Washington Update)
Low-income students need greater access to the federal HOPE Scholarship, say lawmakers and a group of higher education leaders seeking action in Congress. Legislation proposed by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., would make changes in the 6-year-old education...
Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation Unveils Ad Campaign. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON Imagine what America would be like if Martin Luther King Jr. never had a dream. That is what a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign asks with a series of provocative radio, print and television advertisements unveiled last month...
More Colleges Will Require Writing Tests of Future Freshmen. (Noteworthy News)
STATE COLLEGE, PA. A growing number of colleges will require future applicants to take a standardized writing test, even though some admissions officials question the value of such tests. Penn State University, which receives 50,000 undergraduate...
National Groups Join Forces to Improve College Access. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON Two national associations representing the majority of U.S. public colleges and close to 10 million students are now partnering to help more students continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree. While a college degree is...
New Study Uncovers Hidden Dropout Crisis. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON Anew study shows that the nation's high school dropout rate may be as high as 30 per. cent, almost three times higher than government estimates. The study commissioned by The Business Roundtable (BRT) and conducted by the Center for...
North Carolina HBCU Evaluates Emerging Imaging Technology. (Tech Talk)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Researchers at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) have begun evaluating an emerging imaging technology that should yield advances in homeland security and aviation safety. The project, funded by the NASA Glenn Research Center in...
Poll Finds Hardening of Positions, Less Support for Vouchers; First-Time Polling of Hispanics Finds Greater Optimism about Public Schools and Interest in Non-Public Schooling. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON Black, Hispanic and White support has hardened in an unfavorable way to publicly funded vouchers for private school, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found in a poll it released last month. The shift in support has...
San Jose Students Want Statue Honoring Olympic Salute. (Noteworthy News)
SAN JOSE, CALIF. Thirty-five years after sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists on the Olympic podium in a Black power salute, students at their alma mater want to honor their controversial gesture with a...
Scholars, Policy-Makers Urge Choice as the Way to Education Reform. (Noteworthy News)
WASHINGTON While not endorsing school vouchers as the sole answer to education reform in failing urban school systems, educators and policy-makers at a libertarian think tank forum on the Brown v. Board decision said vouchers should represent a...
Testing's Pains & Gains: Southern States See Increase in the Number of Students Taking SAT, ACT, as Well as in Test Scores, but Some States Get in and Some Don't. (Top 100 2001-2002)
Far more high school seniors in Southern states are taking the SAT and ACT, and scores have shown improvement--dramatic improvement in some states--over the last decade. But there's bad news for the region, too, in an analysis of test scores just released...
The Top 100: Interpreting the Data
The stakes seem to get larger every year. Never before in U.S. history has the quality of our lives as individuals, as communities, and as a society, depended more on the education of the populace. College degrees have replaced the high school diploma...
Topping the Charts. (Editor's Note)
It's that time of year again, when we recognize the colleges and universities that graduate the most students of color at the undergraduate level. In 2001, we celebrated the fact that the number of African American students receiving bachelor's degrees...
UC Regents Turn the Tables on Ward Connerly; Regents Oppose Initiative to Outlaw Collection of Racial Data Even as Connerly Predicts Victory at the Ballot Box. (Noteworthy News)
SAN FRANCISCO The University of California Board of Regents went on the offensive recently against fellow regent Ward Connerly, formally opposing his campaign to outlaw the collection of racial data. In a 15-3 vote, with one abstention, the UC...
Unfit to Print: Jayson Blair and Attacks on Affirmative Action. (Speaking of Education)
I'm addicted to the printed word so I was as shocked and appalled as the rest of the world when Jayson Blair, the young New York Times reporter, was revealed as an all-out prevaricator. I mean, the young man plagiarized, invented and created stories...