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Harvard Has the Highest Black Student Graduation Rate in the Ivy League The eight Ivy League colleges are gen-

erally considered to be among the most prestigious institutions of higher educa- tion in the nation. All of these institutions have graduation rates for African Ameri- cans of 85 percent or better. Nationwide the college graduation for African Ameri- cans is 44 percent.

At Harvard, 96 percent of all African- American students earn their degree with- in six years. The graduation for African Americans at Princeton and Yale is 94 percent. Columbia University trails the Ivy League with a still very respectable 85 percent graduation rate for African Amer- icans.

White students have a higher gradua-

tion rate than the rate for African-Ameri- can students at all eight Ivy League col- leges. The largest

racial gaps are at

Dartmouth and Columbia where the white graduation rate is 7 percentage points higher than the rate for African-American students. The smallest gap is two percent- age points at both Harvard and Princeton.

University of Florida Seeks to Increase Racial Diversity

in Its Doctoral Programs The University of Florida has launched

a new effort to increase racial diversity in its doctoral degree programs. The HBCU- UF Master’s to Ph.D. Pathway Project tar- gets high performing master’s degree stu- dents at historically black colleges and universities and encourages them to fur- ther their education by pursuing doctor- ates at the University of Florida. Master’s degree students are paired with a Univer- sity of Florida faculty member who acts as the student’s mentor and guides him or her through the process of admission to a doctoral program.

The University of Florida is working

with students at 13 HBCUs. It hopes to enroll two or three students from each school, with the first students entering doctoral studies in the fall of 2013.


University of Michigan Program Brings African Scholars to Ann Arbor The African Presidential Scholars Pro- gram at the University of Michigan brings a group of African academics to campus each year to teach and conduct research. The stated goals of the program are to help the next generation of African schol- ars link up with international academic networks and to bring talented African faculty to the University of Michigan to collaborate in research, scholarship, and teaching. Since the program’s inception in 2009, 38 scholars from Africa have spent a se- mester on the Ann Arbor campus. The lat- est group includes 14 academics in such diverse fields as child development, re- newable energy, and aircraft design. The accompanying video includes

some African Presidential Scholars dis- cussing their experiences at the Universi- ty of Michigan.

Grants and Gifts Morehouse School of Medicine in At-

lanta has received a three-year, $1.5 mil- lion grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to establish a network among the nation’s historically black colleges and universi- ties to promote behavioral health to pre- vent substance abuse and mental illness. The Thurgood Marshall College

Fund, which represents 47 state-support- ed historically black colleges and univer- sities, received a donation of software from Microsoft Inc. with a value of $8 million. The software will be distributed to the fund’s member institutions. The University of Maryland Balti-

more County received a $987,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to increase the number of grad- uate students in science and mathematics disciplines. The Bridge to the Doctorate fellows program will fund the education of 12 graduate students for two years.

Texas Southern University, the his-

torically black educational institution in Houston, received a $4,887,004 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the establishment of its Center for Research on Complex Networks.

U.S. News Names Its Top HBCUs

U.S. News & World Report has an- nounced its annual rankings of America’s best colleges and universities. Once again this year, the magazine has included a list of what its editors believe are the best his- torically black colleges and universities. Spelman College in Atlanta was rated the top HBCU. Following Spelman was Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Morehouse College in Atlanta. Hamp- ton University in Virginia ranked fourth. Fisk University in Nashville, Tuskegee University in Alabama, and Xavier Uni- versity in New Orleans tied for fifth place. Rounding out the top 10 black colleges and universities according to U.S. News are Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Dillard University in New Orleans, and Florida A&M Univer- sity in Tallahassee.

Black Enrollments Surge at the University of Missouri The University of Missouri’s flagship

campus in Columbia has more students on campus than at any time in its history. This fall there are 33,318 students on campus, 1,300 more than last year. The number of students from under- represented minority groups climbed from 3,951 in 2010 to 4,480 this year, an increase of 13.4 percent. The number of minority students and minority freshmen are also all-time records at the university. Black students increased from 2,026 in

2010 to 2,231 this year, an increase of more than 10 percent. Blacks are 6.7 per- cent of total enrollments.

Source: Blacks in Higher Education Reprinted with Permission


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