The Inaugural Issue

During the initial preparation for the inaugural edition of Black Issues In Higher Education, we spoke with a large number of professionals throughout the country. We also spent many days, weeks and months surveying the higher education community to determine the need for a professional publication of this nature.

After researching, analyzing and listening to the “pros” from all sectors of higher education, it became obvious that a publication with this focus was long overdue. The results of our analysis also revealed a high level of interest in the diversity of information we planned to report on and carry in the magazine.

Our objectives for content included sharing a full-range of events, trends and occurrences that spoke to and about Black participation in the field of higher education. Recruitment strategies, successful retention programs, curriculum, faculty development and the critical analysis of governmental policies were also core, relevant subjects addressed in each issue.

Black Issues In Higher Education was launched in March 1984, and we were very proud to be part of a very talented team to develop and launch this new, ground-breaking publication. More than 37 years after our founding, we are still proud of our decision to rename our publication to Diverse: Issues In Higher Education in 2005. Published online and in print, we remain the only bi-weekly national newsmagazine focusing on matters of access, diversity, inclusion and opportunity for all in higher education.


Frank L. Matthews                               William E. Cox
Publisher & Co-Founder                     President & Co-Founder