Higher Education Gifts or Grants of Interest to African Americans
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
10h ago
Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education. Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University has received a $10 million grant from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation, a District of Columbia-based charity organization dedicated to supporting nonprofits. The donation will be used to create Clark Legacy Endowed Scholarships for first-year students enrolled in the university’s College of Engineering. A team of researchers from Emory University ..read more
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Three African Americans Appointed to Leadership Positions in Diversity
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
1d ago
Melanie Duckworth has been named executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Nevada Reno. A faculty member of the university’s department of psychology for over 20 years, she currently serves as associate dean of the College of Science and acting chair of the department of natural resources and environmental science. Dr. Duckworth holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia. Doug Thompson has been named the inaugural executive director of diversity and engagemen ..read more
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Tuajuanda Jordan to Retire From the Presidency of St. Mary’s College of Maryland
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
1d ago
Tuajuanda C. Jordan, president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, has announced she will retire in June 2025 after a decade of service. Over the course of Dr. Jordan’s tenure, the university adjusted tuition increases to improve students’ access to higher education. At the time of her retirement announcement, the college’s tuition is less than what it was at the beginning of her presidency. She oversaw significant growth in enrollment, curriculum offerings, and community partnerships. Additionally, her leadership led to many building and infrastructure updates, including the establishment of t ..read more
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Ronald S. Rochon Named President of California State University, Fullerton
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
2d ago
Ronald S. Rochon has been named president of California State University, Fullerton. His presidency will begin on July 22. California State University, Fullerton enrolls over 35,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 graduate students. Black students represent only 2 percent of the undergraduate population. Currently, Dr. Rochon is president of the University of Southern Indiana, where he has worked for the past 14 years. Prior to his promotion to president in 2018, he served as the university’s provost for eight years. Before becoming the chief academic officer of the University of Southern Ind ..read more
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Survey Finds Over a Third of Black College Students Have Experienced Bias on Campus
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
2d ago
EAB, an educational consulting firm, has released findings from their 2024 First-Year Experience Survey, a polling of over 12,000 first-year college students from across the country regarding their experiences with bias and sense of belonging on campus. According to study results, 34 percent of Black participants stated they have felt discriminated or harassed on campus due to their identity. The survey also asked students if they had witnessed discrimination or harassment towards another student on campus. Over 36 percent of all respondents stated they had witnessed some form of racial prejud ..read more
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Tyrone Jackson Appointed President of Southeast Arkansas College
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
2d ago
Tyrone Jackson has been appointed president of Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff. He will assume his presidency of the community college on July 1. Southeast Arkansas College enrolls roughly 900 students, 61 percent of whom are African American. Dr. Jackson has an extensive background in higher education with over three decades of experience in various administrative and academic roles. Currently, he serves as president of Mississippi Delta Community College. Prior to his present position, he was associate vice president for student services at Hinds Community College in Mississippi and ..read more
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Stanford University Research Discovers Sharp Increase in School Segregation Over the Past 40 Years
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
2d ago
In honor of the recent 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Equal Opportunity Project at Stanford University has launched “Segregation Explorer,” an interactive website providing data on racial and economic segregation in United States schools from 1991 to 2022. The new map stems from research conducted by Stanford University which analyzed United States public school data from 1967 to present. According to their findings, school segregation between Black and White students has increased by 64 percent since 1988. Additionally, the study authors examined economic disparities by ..read more
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Jennifer Wallace Elected President of the Association of Teacher Educators
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
3d ago
Jennifer K. Young Wallace has been elected to serve as president of the Association of Teacher Educators. Her appointment makes her the first alumna and employee of a historically Black college or university to serve as the association’s president. Dr. Wallace has been a faculty member at historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi for the past decade, first serving as an assistant professor in the College of Education. She currently teaches as a tenured associate professor and is the coordinator of the doctoral program in educational leadership. She previously served as chair o ..read more
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Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University Establish a Pathway Program for Aspiring Physician Assistants
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
5d ago
Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine have recently established a new partnership to encourage Winston-Salem State University students to pursue a physician assistant education with Wake Forest University. The department of physician assistant studies at Wake Forest University and the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University previously had established a working relationship through the Robert Lee Wooten Certificate Program. The program provides a series of workshops as well as Wake Forest Univers ..read more
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Three African American Men Appointed to New Academic Positions
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
by Associate Editor
5d ago
E. Albert Reece has been bestowed with the title of Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore. He currently serves as the CARTI Endowed Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services, director of the Center for Advanced Research Training and Innovation, and senior scientist for the Center for Birth Defects Research. He recently stepped down from a 16-year tenure as executive vice president and dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Reece completed his undergraduate education at Long Island University in New York. He holds a medical doctorate f ..read more
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