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    California Community Colleges Expand Transfer Deal with HBCUs PDF Print E-mail
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    In March 2015, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) signed a transfer agreement with nine historically Black colleges and universities with the intention of increasing the number of community college students who attend HBCUs. This month, the partnership was expanded to include an additional 12 HBCUs.

    “The expansion of this historic agreement creates a tremendous opportunity for our students,” California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner said in a statement. “HBCUs have a reputation for being among the finest and most culturally diverse institutions of higher learning in the nation. We’re thrilled we can expand the pathway for students to embrace all these historic schools have to offer.”

    To ease the path of transition for prospective students and participating schools, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and have completed an Associate’s Degree for Transfer, or similar transfer-level degree, in order to be eligible for the program. Under the terms of the agreement, students transferring to an HBCU will enter at the junior level, and their transferrable credits will be accepted.

    A CCCCO spokesperson said in an email that California community college applications had increased for the fall semester at Wiley College, Stillman College, Philander Smith College, and Tuskegee University as a result of the partnership.

    Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) is one of the 12 HBCUs that joined the partnership this year. Manicia Finch, BCU director of admissions, said in a phone interview that the university intended to make the most of the relationship.

    “We actually had started a pipeline coming out of California some time ago, focusing strategically on going into the high schools, but this is going to open up a whole new avenue for us and give us the opportunity to offer some magnificent programs to transfer students coming out of California,” Finch said. A student has already been accepted to BCU from Victor Valley Community College as part of the transfer partnership, she said.

    Finch added that her goal would be to bring 100 to 200 students to BCU from the California Community Colleges System through the transfer partnership. “We’re going to hit the ground running early with this, I’m going to be honest with you,” she said. BCU already recruits students from California, Finch said, and developed a pipeline program with some California high schools. The transfer partnership with community colleges would open up new opportunities for BCU and prospective students alike, she added.

    “I think that we’re going to get some amazing students out of California that are going to be very academically prepared,” Finch said. “They’ll get a chance to get some very rigorous coursework [at BCU] that will line up with their career aspirations. So I think it’s going to work out very well. We’re excited.”

    Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, president of Bennett College, an all-women’s historically Black college located in Greensboro, North Carolina, said in a phone interview that the partnership was an important one for helping to diversify HBCUs.

    “We believe that this will diversify our ranks,” Fuse-Hall said. “A lot of the times people think of historically Black colleges as being monolithic, but what they fail to see is the diversity within. Regional diversity, age diversity, life experience diversity, all contribute to the richness of the college, and, as a women’s college, that is really going to augment the lives of these students.”

    Bennett College is one of the nine HBCUs included in the inaugural agreement. So far, no California community college students have transferred to Bennett as a result of the transfer agreement, Fuse-Hall said. However, the college already recruits students from California and has a strong alumnae network in California that offers support and scholarships California students during their time at Bennett.

    “We’re really anxious about marketing this, not necessarily for this fall class, but the fall class that will be coming in,” Fuse-Hall said. “We’re excited about it, because we have a number of students enrolled in Bennett College that come from California. This partnership and this agreement will only augment that.”

    The nine HBCUs in the inaugural partnership with the California Community Colleges System are:

    Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.

    Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

    Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.

    Lincoln University of Missouri in Jefferson City, Mo.

    Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark.

    Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Talladega College in Talladega, Ala.

    Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala.

    Wiley College in Marshall, Texas

    The 12 new HBCUs are:

    Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio

    Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga.

    Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla.

    Grambling State University in Grambling, La.

    Huston-Tillotson University  in Austin, Texas

    Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Ky.

    Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.

    Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in Oxford, Pa.

    Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss.

    West Virginia State University in Institute, West Va.

    Dillard University ranks #14 in College Choice HBCU rankings PDF Print E-mail
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    2016-Rankings-of-Best-Historically-Black-Colleges--UniversitiesNEW ORLEANS  --  Dillard University ranks fourteenth among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) according to rankings released by College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and families find the right college.  Of the 100 HBCUs across the nation, only the top 50 found their way into the rankings.

    Dillard was noted for its encouragement of student participation in undergraduate projects and its membership in the Council of Undergraduate Research, which allows students who will go on to graduate school to complete an undergraduate project with the help of a mentor.

    For a complete list of the rankings, please click here.

    College Choice HBCU Rankings





    Spelman College

    Atlanta, Ga.


    Howard University

    Washington, D.C.


    Hampton University

    Hampton, Va.


    Morehouse College

    Atlanta, Ga.


    Tuskegee University

    Tuskegee, Ala.


    Xavier University of Louisiana

    New Orleans, La.


    Tougaloo College

    Tougaloo, Miss.


    Fisk University

    Nashville, Tenn.


    Claflin University

    Orangeburg, S.C.


    North Carolina A&T State University

    Greensboro, N.C.


    Florida A&M University

    Tallahassee, Fla.


    North Carolina Central University

    Durham, N.C.


    Jackson State University

    Jackson, Miss.


    Dillard University

    New Orleans, La.


    Bennett College

    Greensboro, N.C.

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    Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 10.30.03 AMNew Orleans, LA, April 25, 2016– As lead R&D Scientist for Golden Leaf Energy, Kevin Roberson, Ph.D., develops LA-7000®, a drilling fluid lubricant for oil and gas exploration.  LA 7000® is a bio-based lubricant designed to reduce the coefficient of friction (CoF) in high-performance water-based muds (HPWBM).  As high-angle, extended reach wells continue to increase, rotational torque and drag have become critical challenges for water-based muds.  LA 7000® raises the bar for 

    WBMs CoF to those only achievable in oil-based muds. LA 7000® out performs industry standard offerings in friction reduction between the drill pipe and casing and between the drill-pipe and the wellbore. LA 7000® has no hydrocarbons, is non-toxic, ultimately biodegradable, and is stable at high temperatures. This product was launched spring 2016.

    Golden Leaf Energy and Roberson used the LA-7000® development process as an opportunity to expose Dillard University (DU) students to corporate level, industrial R&D. The students enrolled in “Chemical Research” gained hands-on experience in a corporate research lab. Research goals for the students included synthesizing active ingredients and measuring the efficacy of proprietary formulas in reducing the CoF.

    Strategic partnerships with industry is reported to increase retention and graduation rates, comprehension of STEM curriculum, and workforce development among minority students. “STEM fields are essential to US competitiveness and economic growth, and according to US News, the lack of minorities in the STEM workforce is primarily due to the lack of access. It is my goal to create career pathways for students by integrating career related experiences into the curriculum. I found GLE to be an excellent gateway as these opportunities make DU students more competitive and better prepared for careers in the STEM field.” said Roberson. Students found this opportunity unique and an exciting shift from the traditional university laboratory setting. “This was a very appreciable experience because I gained knowledge of what it feels like to conduct research in an [industrial] lab. Conducting research at Golden Leaf Energy was a very beneficial experience that I will never forget!” said Ms. Aundriana Burtley, a senior chemistry major at DU set to graduate in May 2016.

    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kevin Roberson at 478-278-1077 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Dillard University Alumnus Ayo Davis Named Head of Casting for ABC PDF Print E-mail
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    Ayo Davis

    ABC LogoAyo Davis has been named the Head of Talent and Casting for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. Davis, a 13-year ABC veteran, had been the interim head of casting for both the network and studio since November, when longtime ABC casting chief Keli Lee relocated to London where she serves  as a managing director of international content and talent for ABC Entertainment Group. Davis has now been named a permanent replacement.

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    Alumni Spotlight: Rose Hudson PDF Print E-mail
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    Dillard alumna Rose Hudson, President/CEO of the Louisiana Lottery Company is featured in the Executive Spotlight Q&A in the Baton Rouge Business Report.  To see the entire article and her interview please click here.

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