The Black Excel Newsletter

                         November, 2000


1)  Howard Univ. Is No. 1 In Producing Black Ph.Ds.
2) Hampton and Tennessee State U. Make
    "Most Wired Colleges" List
3)  A Training Program For Future Doctors at U. Penn
4)  U. of Maryland Branch Is Beacon for Minorities
      in Math and Science
5) Hampton U.  Wins Black College Newspaper Award
6)  A Look at Black Enrollment at UC Berkeley
7) Three Major HBCU Tech Conferences Scheduled!
Howard Univ. Is No. 1 in Producing Black Ph.D.s
Howard University is still the leader in conferring doctoral and
postgraduate degrees to Black Americans.  In a recent report
published in Black Issues in Higher Education titled "The Top
100 Degree Producers, 1997-98," Howard U. is still first among
the nation's colleges in conferring Ph.D.s to Blacks. Among 
HBCUs, it's also first in conferring master's degrees to Blacks.

      Hampton and Tennessee State U. Make
               "Most Wired Colleges" List

Hampton and Tennessee State recently became the first
historically Black institutions to make the Yahoo! Internet Life
"Most Wired Colleges" year-2000 list (see May issue). TSU
is ranked No. 55 and Hampton is ranked No. 72.  At TSU all the dorms are wired and 50% of the classrooms. At Hampton all the classrooms are wired. At both schools students can get at least eight hours of one-on-one tech support, if they wish.

A Training Program for Future Doctors at U. Penn

The U. Penn Medical Center, Philadelphia PA, is offering an
intensive 10-week training program (May 21, 2001-July 27, 2001) which will include bio-medical research, clinical experiences,
classroom instructions, Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation conducted by the Princeton Review, and other activities designed to assist students gain entry into medical school. Students are paid a stipend of $2,500 and are provided housing and two meals per day (Monday through Friday) for the ten-week period at no cost to the student. This is a great opportunity for students who are serious about becoming physicians. For additional information, contact Jerry Johnson at 215-898-3980.

   U. of Maryland Branch Is Beacon for Minorities
                       in Math and Science

With the country facing a chronic scarcity of African Americans
in math and science, Dr. Hrabowski, a 50-year-old Black
mathematician and president of the U. of Maryland at Baltimore
County, has turned the mostly white school into a magnet for
about 50 Blacks pursuing careers in math and science each year.
Now more Blacks earn undergraduate degrees in biochemistry at this school than at any other university in the country. Many go on to graduate and medical schools. It's called the Meyerhoff Program (named after a donor). Dr. Hrabowski created the program to help counter statistics showing that more Black men are in prisons than in universities. He also noted other alarming trends like the fact that only 1.1% of doctorates in science, engineering, and mathematics go to African Americans. Though most college programs or minorities emphasize remediation, Dr. Hrabowski focuses on how to help good students become better. Of the 300 or so institutions offering undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, U.M.B.C. awarded the most of any (67) to minorities last year.  For a more comprehensive overview go to:

            Hampton U.  Wins Black College
                     Newspaper Award

Hampton University editor Erika Turner, a senior mass-media
arts major, traveled to New Orleans this summer to receive the
top award in the Black College Communications Association
newspaper award competition. The Hampton Script, which
celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, won the BCCA's award
for Best College Newspaper, topping the likes of Florida A&M,
Howard University, and Xavier.  Editors and staff writers Neally
Giban (Best Commentary), Aviance Jenkins (Second Place in
Commentary) and Kenneth Williams (Third Place in Sports Writing) also won individual writing awards.

BCCA provides technical assistance to 40 HBCU communication programs within the US. The six BCCA HBCUs accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications include Florida A&M University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University and Southern University-Baton Rouge.  More info on BCCA can be found at

     A Look at Black Enrollment at UC Berkeley

UC-Berkeley admissions statistics have fallen under increased
scrutiny in recent years after the passage of Proposition 209, the
1996 ballot initiative that banned race and gender preferences.
Black admnissions increased at UC Berkeley this fall, climbing from 111 students last year to 135 this fall. Black students still now make up only about 3.7% of the freshman class, far below affirmative-action levels. After Proposition 209, many UC and state officials have turned to a two-pronged tactic to keep underrepresented minorities enrolling at UC campuses—improving K-12 education and expanding university outreach.  Has that worked?

Three Major HBCU Tech Conferences Scheduled!

Hundreds of representatives from HBCU campuses will attend the following conferences: 1) The HBCU/MI Educational Technology Conference, in Atlanta; 2) the Hampton University Technology Conference 2000 in Hampton, Va.;  3) the Seventh National HBCU Faculty Development Symposium, in Jackson, Miss. The HBCU/MI Conference takes place Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 at the Omni Hotel/CNN Center in Atlanta. The Hampton conference, "Closing the Digital Divide," will be held Nov. 8-10 on the university's campus. That conference will feature Tony Brown, among others. The HBCU Faculty Development Network convenes its annual symposium Oct. 19-22 at the Hilton Jackson Hotel in Jackson, Miss. For more information about HBCU technology conferences:

                   -HBCU/MI Educational Conference:
                   -Hampton University Conference 2000
                   -HBCU Faculty Development Symposium

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