JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or MedicineUniversity of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone LiteratureU.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing CenterUniversity of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral NeuroscienceUniversity of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor

More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or MedicineUniversity of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone LiteratureU.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing CenterUniversity of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral NeuroscienceUniversity of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor

More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015

JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 1, 2015


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or MedicineUniversity of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone LiteratureU.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing CenterUniversity of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral NeuroscienceUniversity of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor

More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or Medicine University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature U.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing Center University of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or MedicineUniversity of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone LiteratureU.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing CenterUniversity of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral NeuroscienceUniversity of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor

More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Schools Continue to Grow

Since 2004, Black enrollments in graduate programs have increased an average of 5.2 percent annually. During the same period White enrollments have increased by 1 percent annually.


Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.


Paul Tiyambe Zeleza to Lead United States International University-Africa

Dr. Zeleza has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He will become vice chancellor of U.S. International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 1.


American Public Schools: White Teachers, Minority Students

From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.



The Large and Persisting Racial Income Gap Impacts College Affordability

In 2014, the median income level for Black households was 58.7 percent of the median income for non-Hispanic White households. With only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for the past 45 years.


Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.


New University of Virginia Program Prepares Black Students for Leadership Roles

The Office of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia has begun a new “strategic leadership” initiative as part of its Cornerstone Plan of academic advising, career advising, coaching, and networking with alumni.


SUNY Announces a New Comprehensive Policy to Promote Campus Diversity

Under the new policy, all 64 campuses of the SUNY System will be required to hire a chief diversity officer. Also, all campuses will be required to develop a strategic plan to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.



Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.


Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.


University of Louisville Honors Its First Black Educator

The University of Louisville has renamed its Freedom Park to honor Dr. Charles H. Parrish Jr. In 1951, Professor Parrish, who held a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, became the first Black educator to teach at the university.


National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.



A Change in Leadership at Fisk University in Nashville

H. James Williams has resigned as president of the university after less than three years on the job. Frank L. Sims, a member of the board of trustees who was an executive at Cargill Inc., has been named interim president.


Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.


FEATURED Job Opportunities

Harvard University — Assistant Professor in the History of Pre-Modern or Early Modern Science or MedicineUniversity of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone LiteratureU.S. Naval War College — Director of the Writing CenterUniversity of California, Los Angeles — Assistant Professor, Behavioral NeuroscienceUniversity of Pennsylvania — Bioethics Assistant Professor


More Good News in Enrollments at Several HBCUs

Last week a JBHE post reported some good news on enrollments at several historically Black colleges and universities. Since that time, several other HBCUs have also reported some good news on enrollments.


Chigozie Obioma Is a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been named one of six finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best novel written in the English language.



Oral History Interviews of 1960s Graduates of Alcorn State University Are Now Available

The oral history interviews were conducted in 2015 with 13 individuals who graduated from the university between 1960 and 1969. The topics discussed are academic and residence life, athletics, and the students participation in the civil rights movement.


Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Andra Johnson at Alcorn State University, Kery D. Davis at Howard University, Shea Kidd Houze at the University of Southern Mississippi, C.C. Jackson at South Carolina State University, and Matthew M. Winston Jr. at Virginia Tech.


In Memoriam: Charles Henry Wallington Jr., 1976-2015

Dr. Wallington joined the faculty at Oakwood University in July as an assistant professor of allied health. He had been a practicing physical therapist for many years before joining the faculty.


Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers


Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars


Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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Copyright © 2015 The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, All rights reserved.