Tuskegee Partners with Asian Universities

The Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University has expanded an academic partnership with Kagoshima University in Japan and Diponegoro University in Indonesia. The three schools will collaborate to launch an online pilot course focused on environmentally responsive architecture and design.
The pilot online course, which builds on design workshops between Kagoshima and Tuskegee held in Japan in 2013 and 2015, will focus on environmentally responsive architecture and design, as well as the potential for offering innovative solutions to developmental issues in each campus location. Through the course, students from each institution will interact online with their global counterparts, as well as travel periodically to the other campuses to participate in design charrettes.
The course is scheduled to run through 2023.

Benedict College Receives the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation

The American Council on Education (ACE) announced today that Benedict College in South Carolina is a recipient of the ACE/Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation. Presented at ACE 2019, ACE’s 101st Annual Meeting, the award will be accepted by President Roslyn Clark Artis on behalf of Benedict College. The University of South Florida (USF) is the only other recipient of this award.
The award was created to recognize institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways and achieved dramatic changes in a relatively brief period. It includes a $10,000 prize. 
“Through strategic thinking and measured efforts, University of South Florida and Benedict College have both transformed their campuses to better prioritize student success, scholarly achievement, and innovation,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Thank you to Fidelity Investments for its generous support, which allows us each year to recognize colleges and universities that are meeting challenges head-on.”
“Together with ACE, Fidelity is honored to celebrate higher education institutions helping students succeed on campus and in life,” said Patrick Vaughan, senior vice president, managing director, and higher education practice leader, Fidelity Investments. “These schools have proven that a clear vision of serving students can put an institution on a path to sustained success.”
ACE invited nominations and applications for the award from any U.S. college or university eligible for ACE membership, divided into two categories: the first for institutions with student populations of over 5,000 (USF), and the second for institutions with student populations of up to 5,000 (Benedict).

Florida A&M Awarded 15.4 Million Dollars

FAMU received a $15.4 million award over five years from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (EPP) to establish the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME). The new award will allow the FAMU-led partnership to make profound national impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems education, science, and policy.
The full suite of academic partners include:
Bethune-Cookman University
California State University – Monterey Bay
Jackson State University
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
The award was made after a national competition with rigorous criteria established by the NOAA EPP.

Grambling State University Adds Doctorate Degree

Grambling State University in Louisiana has partnered with Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri, to create a pathway for students to earn their doctor of chiropractic degrees in just six years.
The new “3+3 Agreement” will allow undergraduate biology majors from Grambling State to easily transfer to the doctor of chiropractic program at Logan University. The participating students will spend three years at Grambling State followed by another three years at Logan, after which they will graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in biology and a doctor of chiropractic degree. The pathway program officially began this semester.
“This agreement is a great example of how partnering can support new levels of student achievement,” said Grambling State University President Rick Gallot. “We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Logan University on creating new career opportunities for our graduates.”

Black College Leaders Honored

Dr. Mishoe received the Sankofa Golden Phenomenal Woman Award from the Inner City Cultural League of Dover. She was honored for her long career in higher education and for becoming the first woman to serve as president of Delaware State University.
Dr. Mishoe holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in student personnel administration, guidance, and counseling both from Howard University. She earned a doctorate in adult/vocational education from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Gordon received the John L. Sanders Students Advocate Award. The award is bestowed annually on one or more public figures for service to the students of the University of North Carolina, to recognize those who advocate for the best interests of North Carolina’s students and thereby contribute to the quality of their lives.
Gordon is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia where she majored in nursing. She holds a master’s degree in critical care clinical nursing from Duke University in North Carolina.