In this weekâ€™s edition of whatâ€™s going on in education, we have a roundup of the latest news surrounding the academic achievement of African American students for the week of May 19. From an increase in student-athlete academic performances to a cut in sports scholarships and bidding wars on an HBCU, see below for the latest scoop on whatâ€™s happening in our community.
Norfolk State University shows improvement in student-athlete performance: Norfolk State had a school-record of 89 student-athletes to be named members of the 2013-2014 MEAC Commissionerâ€™s All-Academic Team. The number is an increase by 13 students from last year, with the requirements calling students to be at least in their sophomore year of school and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
City of Atlanta and local church to buy Morris Brown College: The city of Atlanta is partnering with the historic Friendship Baptist Church to buy Morris Brown College out of bankruptcy with a $14.6 million offer according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The college filed for bankruptcy in August 2012 after being roughly $30 million in debt, and in 2013 it rejected a $10 million offer from the city. Itâ€™s unclear on whether the cityâ€™s new bid will be officially accepted, but bidding deals are expected to be finalized by May 31.
Howard University to cut sport scholarships: Howard University will pay $14,000 in fines and cut scholarships for several men and women sport programs as part of the schoolâ€™s investigation by NCAA. Both the university and NCAA issued a report about the investigation stating improper use of funds for textbooks, tuition, room and board by student-athletes, as well as improper recruiting and failure to withhold ineligible student athletes from competition between 2010 and 2013.