I am a product of the 1960s and grew up in a Southern city. Segregation, separate but equal, we sat upstairs and they sat downstairs at the movies all happened during my early years. However, it didn’t stop us from believing and achieving.
The common denominator for entry into most STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors is the ability to successfully complete high-level math courses. There is no getting around this requirement in order to obtain degrees in majors like engineering, computer science and chemistry. There may not be one magic bullet that will increase the diversity […]
During my junior year in high school, my assistant principal pulled me aside and told me something I didn’t quite understand at the time: “Will, you can have a college experience, or you can have an HBCU experience.”
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Military veterans are getting unlimited access to college assistance under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law. The Forever GI Act removed a 15-year limit on using the benefits, effective immediately. The measure increases financial assistance for National Guard and Reserve members, building on a 2008 law that guaranteed veterans a […]
WASHINGTON — Facing criticism over her muted response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday condemned those “tragic and unthinkable” events and blasted “neo-Nazis and other racist bigots” in a letter to staff. DeVos’ email to Education Department employees came after she was criticized for insufficiently condemning the violence, in […]
HONOLULU — Scholarship money from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will only be going to students at the University of Hawaii system this academic year, officials said. The office gives $500,000 each year to Hawaiian students and could be used in the past by students to help pay for costs at mainland colleges, The Honolulu-Star […]
The national “college promise” movement took another step forward last week when Rhode Island announced that it would make two years of community college free for state residents.
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee community college has laid off 28 employees – one of many measures it’s taking to balance the budget. Local news outlets report that Northeast State Community College announced on Monday the elimination of 28 non-faculty, full-time employee positions as part of a plan to balance the upcoming school year’s budget. […]
PHOENIX — A former legislator who championed most of Arizona’s toughest immigration laws is threatening to sue the state university system over its decision to at least temporarily keep providing lower in-state tuition rates for immigrants granted deferred deportation status. Former state Senate President Russell Pearce says a 2006 voter-enacted law prohibits public benefits for […]
Students with disabilities deserve access to higher education to achieve their dreams and goals like everyone else. That is the message several panelists delivered Thursday at a session on the Improving Access to Higher Education Act.
ORANGE, Calif. — A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration. Judy O’Connor, a retired elementary school teacher, pushed her son Marty in his wheelchair for him to […]
A private college’s religious affiliation doesn’t automatically shield it from liability for racial discrimination, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled.
CANBERRA, Australia — A survey of more than 30,000 Australian university students released on Tuesday found that half the respondents had been sexually harassed and almost one in 50 had been sexually assaulted on campuses, but few made formal complaints. The Australian Human Rights Commission, which surveyed students across all 39 universities in 2015-16, concluded […]
NEW DELHI — When Elizabeth Brenner’s 21-year-old son died while hiking during a study-abroad trip in India, she began searching for other cases and found only partial data and anecdotal records. “Nobody was keeping track of this at all,” she said. Brenner’s son, Thomas Plotkin, was one of the millions of American students who have […]
DAKAR, Senegal — The United States has denied visas to five teenage students from Gambia competing in a prestigious international robotics contest in Washington, the team’s leader said Tuesday. The teens found the rejection “very disheartening,” said Mucktarr M.Y. Darboe, who is also a director in the largely Muslim West African nation’s ministry of higher […]
The University of North Carolina has wrapped up a two-day hearing with an NCAA infractions committee panel that will decide whether the school faces penalties tied to its multi-year academic scandal.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Student leaders at Washington State University are asking administrators to adopt a policy that prevents the recruitment of any athlete who has been convicted of a sex-related crime. They sent the request in a letter in late June to WSU President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Bill Moos. “This is part […]
AUSTIN, Texas — The NCAA is conducting an “ongoing, pending investigation” into Baylor University in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president, the school’s lawyers confirmed in a federal court filing. Baylor officials acknowledged the investigation while asking […]
Fisk University is one of many historically Black schools that have felt the pain of financial issues over the years. However, under the leadership of new president, Dr. Kevin Rome, these issues may soon diminish.
Hundreds of students are expected to assemble in Greensboro, North Carolina, next month for the nation’s only Pre-Law Summit for students and graduates of historically Black colleges and universities.
Morris Brown College, a historically Black college in Atlanta, has appointed four new members to its Board of Trustees. The new appointees come from diverse backgrounds in business, education and government. The new trustees are: Clarence Ogletree, a Morris Brown College alumnus and retired General Motors Corporation executive and business consultant; Dr. John Foster, a […]
On the final day of the Tribal College and University (TCU) Presidents’ Convening, several Educational Testing Service researchers and higher education experts offered strategic tools to prepare students for long-term career success throughout their matriculation.
LAWRENCE, Kansas — A federal judge has dismissed most of a Title IX lawsuit filed against Haskell Indian Nations University by a former student who says she was treated unfairly and ultimately expelled after she reported she was raped in a dormitory three years ago by two football players. In his decision, U.S. District Judge […]
Montana State University researchers have received a $282,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a new approach to solving issues on Montana’s Indian Reservations.
Vanita Gupta is the new president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, taking over the mantle from Wade Henderson, who retired this year after leading the organization for more than two decades.
OXFORD, Miss. — Thirty American teenagers are learning to speak Mandarin Chinese during an intensive summer program at the University of Mississippi. Now in its 11th year, Mississippi StarTalk is a federally funded program for students who will be high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. A university news release says language classes are taught at […]
CHICAGO — The 28-year-old Illinois man charged with kidnapping a Chinese scholar now believed to be dead was among a select few admitted to the University of Illinois’ highly competitive physics graduate program in 2013. Brendt Allen Christensen originally planned to earn a doctorate degree, but told his graduate adviser in 2016 he had changed […]
The Hispanic Student College Institute is aimed at helping students become better prepared for applying to colleges by learning about the search and application process, essay writing, resume building, and developing leadership and public speaking skills.
One of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization has changed its name in an effort to appeal to a younger generation. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—known for its advocacy civil rights work on behalf of Hispanic communities—is now called “UnidosUS,” which is translated to mean “united.” The name change is an effort by […]
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama is launching a program to increase the number of Hispanic nurses involved in health care. The Capstone College of Nursing has received a $1.7 million grant for the Bama-Latino Project, which aims to recruit Hispanics into baccalaureate nursing programs. Alabama nursing professor Normal Cuellar says in a statement […]
HBCU presidents and executives convened a summit to develop more strategic ways to turn their campuses into safe spaces for students that identify as LGBTQ.
Dr. Jonathan Higgins, an educator and advocate for social justice issues that affect the Black and LGBTQ community, was recently fired from his position with the Queer Resource Center of Claremont Colleges in California, because of his “tweets and social media presence.”
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A conservative nonprofit student group at a community college in southeastern Michigan has sued the school, saying its policy of requiring permission for public speech violates members’ First Amendment rights. Attorneys representing Turning Point USA say the Macomb Community College chapter is challenging the school’s expressive activity policy in a federal […]
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached initial agreement on the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and boosting money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve. The deal being announced early Thursday is a sweeping effort to fill […]
Veterans associations want to revise the Post-9/11 GI Bill so that it benefits a wider range of veterans who are transitioning into higher education or future careers.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s acting commissioner of postsecondary education has been approved to fill the position permanently. The Providence Journal reports that the state Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve the appointment of Brenda Dann-Messier. Dann-Messier was unanimously recommended by the Council on Postsecondary Education. She was named acting commission in April after […]
Legislation reintroduced in the Senate on Tuesday, the Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) Reauthorization Act, would expand an existing federal program geared at helping low-income parents pay for childcare while in college.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A Penn State pre-med student claims in a federal lawsuit that his lifelong goal of being a physician was ended by what he calls an unfair investigation into allegations he sexually abused a female student. The California student identified only as John Doe says in a federal complaint filed last week […]
Should higher ed institutions look to business leaders to fill its executive roles?