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.”
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 […]
BOSTON — An 18-year-old student who attended the White nationalist rally in Virginia last weekend says he has withdrawn from college in Boston in part because of death threats. Nicholas Fuentes tells The Boston Globe he has received 15 death threats via email and social media. Fuentes said he considered leaving Boston University in January […]
RENO, Nev. — The president of the University of Nevada, Reno says a UNR student who gained notoriety for rallying with White nationalists in Virginia will not be expelled or lose his university job. Peter Cytanovic, who also goes by the name Peter Cvjetanovic, was photographed with a group of demonstrators on Friday carrying a […]
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 […]
WACO, Texas — A judge has ordered Baylor University to turn over to plaintiffs’ attorneys records of all cases of sexual assault and harassment since 2003 in a lawsuit against the nation’s largest Baptist school. A group of women is suing Baylor, claiming the school in Texas mishandled or ignored claims of sexual assault for […]
AUSTIN, Texas — Baylor University has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit with a former student who accused the nation’s largest Baptist school of fostering a “hunting ground for sexual predators” and mishandling her alleged attack in 2015. A settlement notice was filed in federal court in Waco, Texas on Thursday. No details were released, […]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Myron Rolle has accomplished many things on and off the field. His biggest ones, though, might still be coming up. Rolle’s dream of becoming a doctor came to fruition on May 20 when he graduated from Florida State’s College of Medicine. The former All-American safety and Rhodes Scholar has not had much […]
When college leaders across the nation begin rolling out their welcome mats for the coming school year, few are likely to be more anxious about the days ahead than those operating historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Spelman College offers a course within the English major, which is taught by Dr. Tarshia Stanley and focuses on the work of speculative fiction author, Octavia E. Butler.
The Trump administration plans to have the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division investigate and sue colleges and universities for their affirmative action admissions policies, according to the New York Times.
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 […]
After hearing that the Trump Administration is taking action to decrease students’ financial rights, 33 veterans and military service organizations have been voicing their concerns of how badly these actions will harm veterans and their families.
AUSTIN, Texas — Bill McRaven came to Texas an American military hero, charged with leading one of the country’s largest public university systems at a time it needed a steady hand. The retired Navy Admiral and former special operations leader, who planned the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, now faces an uncertain future as […]
CLEVELAND — Officials with Case Western Reserve University say the Ohio school’s new graduate program in military ethics is the first of its kind in the country. Cleveland.com reports the Master of Arts in Military Ethics program allows students to earn a specialized degree that would prepare them for careers in military ethics, law, foreign […]
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 […]
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