African Americans

When Identity Trumps Diversity

When a professor asked for an exemption to a Calvin College policy so she could join a black church -- while remaining a tenure-track faculty member -- the board said no.

Communication and Comfort Across Ethnic Lines

Study of U. of California shows interaction among different demographic groups is commonplace, students generally feel a sense of belonging.

Beyond Price, Other Barriers to College Loom

Chicago Public School students with college hopes often fail to meet benchmarks in the application process -- and enroll in less selective colleges than they could.

Demographic Boom and Bust

The national growth in high school graduates ends now, a new report says. Some regions should brace for declines -- even as others prepare for continued expansion.

In S.C., a Native Son Comes Full Circle

40 years after surviving the "Orangeburg Massacre," a civil rights activist and scholar will become president of Voorhees College.

'Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century'

Black Greek organizations play a key role in the college experience of many students, but their history and role are not well understood by many white educators. A new book, Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun (University Press of Kentucky), is a collection of essays that mix history, pride and frank criticism. Gregory S. Parks, a lawyer and the editor, responded to questions about the book's themes.

'The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure -- Without Losing Your Soul'

In The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure -- Without Losing Your Soul (Lynne Rienner), Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy offer both empathy and "to do" lists for African American scholars seeking tenure -- as well as some advice on what not to do. The book speaks particularly to black scholars who may be the only non-white professor in a department, or who are in a very small minority.

Christian Colleges Grow More Diverse

Analysis finds increasing black enrollments at Protestant colleges -- with some obtaining incredible increases.

Who Produces Black Ph.D.'s?

Black students have their choice of college in a way that was not nearly as true decades ago, a fact borne out by the numbers: In 2006, one in five African American bachelor's degree recipients earned their diplomas from historically black colleges and universities, compared to well over a third in 1977.

Mixing Partying and Politics

As they fête Obama's historic inauguration, advocates for historically black colleges urge the president-elect to prioritize them in his stimulus package.

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