Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

15th Anniversary Edition: Capturing the Spirit of 15 YEARS

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

15th Anniversary Edition: Capturing the Spirit of 15 YEARS

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15th Anniversary Edition: Capturing the Spirit of 15 YEARS

When Black Issues In Higher Education started in 1984, Nelson Mandela was enduring a life sentence in a South African prison. Today, he is not only the former president of South Africa, but he holds an honorary doctorate from Harvard University.

In the United States, back in 1984, "PC" was beginning to be associated with computers, but had yet to become shorthand for "political correctness. Today. PCs are as essential to incoming freshmen as dictionaries once were, and describing someone as "PC" is widely perceived as an insult.

In 1984, Tiger Woods was an eight-year-old child prodigy. Today, he is a multimillionaire, Stanford University "stop-out."

The average yearly undergraduate tuition at four-year institutions in 1984 was around $10,000 at private institutions, and $4,000 at publics. In 1999, the average yearly undergraduate tuition is around $18,000 at private institutions and $7,000 at publics.

In '84, Black studies was fighting for respectability in the academy. Today, though the fight continues, a burgeoning of scholarship by and about African Americans is reshaping curriculum, and campuses that once defined diversity in terms of Black and White are learning to embrace people from a broad range of cultural and academic experiences. …

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