Safety Concerns at Jackson State University Force Brazilian Students to Withdraw
Due to a series of robberies targeting Brazilian students, Jackson State University officials say that nearly two dozen students have been relocated to the Savannah College of Art and Design to complete their studies. The Brazilian students were enrolled at the Mississippi Historically Black University through a partnership with the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, which is part of the Institute of International Education.
According to Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, one student was robbed of a phone at gunpoint and another student’s backpack was stolen. “Jackson State University is concerned with the safety of all of our students, domestic and foreign,” said Meyers. “As in any urban area, unfortunately there are random acts of violence, sometimes against our students. Please be assured that the university is doing all we can to ensure the safety of all on our campus for any purpose at any time.”
University of Notre Dame Offers One-credit Diversity Course
Last Saturday, more than 200 undergraduate students assembled for a one-credit course held at the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame titled “Diversity, Ethics and Religion in Science.” In its second year, the innovative course, conceived by Dr. Greg Crawford, who is the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science and a professor of physics, was designed to introduce students to the role of cultural and religious diversity in science, its importance in an era of globalization, and the interesting questions that it raises.
The day-long class featured presenters from academia, religious organizations and such global corporations as General Motors, Merck & Co. and Goldman Sachs. The speakers discussed culture, religion and diversity from a sophisticated and scientific level, including how these topics have shaped their careers and how these subjects are shaping the world of the future.
“The feedback has been extremely positive,” said Crawford, who added that plans are under way to continue to offer the class annually. “It was an easy sell to the students who are millennials. It’s an easy topic for them. They get it.”
APLU Announces Winners of Inaugural Project Degree Completion MVP Award
As part of its ongoing effort to increase degree completion rates, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) recently announced Georgia State University, Florida International University and San Francisco State University as the inaugural winners of the Most Visible Progress (MVP) National Degree Completion Awards during a ceremony at the organization’s 126th annual meeting.
The honors are designed to reward universities that successfully retain and graduate students and to promote those schools as models for other institutions to follow. The new awards also serve to further enhance APLU’s “Project Degree Completion,” a joint effort with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to achieve a national goal of having 60 percent of U.S. adults possess a bachelor’s degree by 2025.
“Our member institutions recognize the need to identify the best ways to increase degree completion in order to truly make a difference in the lives of students and the country overall,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “Georgia State University, Florida International University, San Francisco State University and many other public institutions are making great strides in educating our future generations and will publicly detail how they are achieving their strong retention and degree completion success.”
McPherson continued, “Universities are undertaking this degree completion initiative from different starting points, which is why it is important to acknowledge both schools that are leading the way toward higher completion rates for all students as well as institutions that are showing progress toward higher retention and completion rates for targeted groups of students, especially those students who come from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds.”