Pictured (left to right): Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, President of Olive-Harvey College; Z Scott, President of Chicago State University; U.S. Senator Dick Durbin; Dr. Katonja Walker, President of Kennedy-King College; and Dr. Michael Anthony, President of President of Prairie State College.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the presidents of four Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) in Illinois last week to discuss federal support for PBI colleges and students. During their meeting, the Senators spoke with the college presidents about ensuring that PBIs receive adequate federal funding, which would help PBIs address capacity buildings, enrollment declines, and student success outcomes.

“Illinois is home to many colleges and universities, including eight Predominantly Black Institutions, that offer a high-quality education and financial support to students,” said Durbin. “I enjoyed meeting with college presidents to discuss how the federal government can continue to work alongside PBIs to provide the best education possible to Illinoisans by removing obstacles to learning for students.”

U.S. Tammy Duckworth speaking with two out four president from Illinois’ Predominantly Black Institutions.

“Predominantly Black Institutions are places to educate America’s students and so much more,” said Duckworth. “They’re reminders of the resilience of African Americans through years of discrimination in education, and they’re places of community, culture and history. Today’s meeting with leaders from Illinois’s coalition of Predominantly Black Institutions was a great opportunity to discuss my support for eliminating barriers and discrimination in higher education and the federal resources these institutions need in the future.”

PBIs are a distinct designation of Minority-Serving Institutions, and they serve high proportions of Black students, first-generation college students, and students from low-income backgrounds. PBIs account for three percent of postsecondary institutions, but enroll nine percent of Black college students. Illinois has eight PBIs that enroll nearly 200,000 students.

Participating presidents in the meeting include:
1. Z Scott, President of Chicago State University
2. Dr. Michael Anthony, President of Prairie State College
3. Dr. Katonja Walker, President of Kennedy-King College
4. Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, President of Olive-Harvey College

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Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., Chicago State University President.

CHICAGO, IL – The Board of Trustees of Chicago State University has announced a 4-year contract extension for President Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, Esq., who has held the position since July 1, 2018. President Scott is the 12th Permanent President of the University.

“The Board of Trustees’ unanimous support for this contract extension is a vote of full confidence in President Z Scott as the right person to lead CSU now and for the foreseeable future,” said Andre Zopp, Chair of the Trustees. “During the last four years, President Scott has exceeded the Board’s expectation. Particularly she has moved the university forward while navigating the unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Zopp underscored that Scott has driven forward advancement in areas critical to the success of the university. Key accomplishments include creating a board-approved Strategic Plan reflecting university-wide input, launching a student success strategy that increased persistence and graduation rates, implementing a new plan for student recruitment, and positioning CSU as a statewide and national leader in advancing equity in higher education. Additionally, under President Scott’s leadership, CSU has spearheaded building a national coalition of U.S. Department of Education-designated Predominantly Black Institutions. Scott also oversaw the redevelopment of the university’s foundation and its Board of Directors. Zopp concluded, “There is a renewed level of energy on campus, and a renewed focus on Chicago State University as the focal point for the engagement of corporate partners and important community initiatives.”

“I commend CSU Trustees Chair Andrea Zopp and the Board of Trustees for their attentiveness in choosing an individual with a wealth of leadership experience and determination to be the right person to lead CSU brighter each day,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., HCF Founder, President & CEO. “Madam President Z Scott has done more than exceptionally well; she has done an amazing job in her role at CSU. Scott has exceeded above and beyond, and as I survey her leadership work, she has moved the university with the confidence of being Illinois’ premier Predominantly Black Institution. She is most definitely a ‘Most Dominant leader’.'”

In addition to her role as President, Scott is on the Board of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Shedd Aquarium, Commonwealth Eddison, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. During her time as President, Scott has provided expertise to local and statewide leaders including by serving as Co-Chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Strategic Plan Committee and the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. Prior to taking the helm of CSU, Scott was an equity partner in a national law firm with an international practice. Her Career further includes work as federal criminal prosecutor in the position of Chief of General Crimes and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and the first Illinois Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Governor and its Public Universities.

In 2020, President Scott was the first president representing a Predominantly Black Institution to be named among The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders. A award recognition that recognizes leaders for proving their responsibilities for shaping policies, changing perspectives and making decisions that affect millions of individuals in the higher ed sector and the daily needs of an HBCU or MSI.

Scott’s initial contract expires on June 30, 2022. Her new contract will be effective July 1, 2022.

About Chicago State University
Chicago State University (CSU) founded in 1867, is the oldest public university in the Chicago Metropolitan area. CSU is committed ti equity in education, serving as the only U.S. Department of Education-designated four-year Predominantly Black Institution in Illinois and ranked by Harvard economist in the top 4% of public and private universities nationwide in supporting our graduates’ economic mobility. The University serves as a prominent civic space on the greater South Side of Chicago by hosting multitude of athletic, educational, cultural, and recreational activities. For more information, visit www.csu.edu.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Last Month, Martin University, Indiana’s only Predominantly Black Institution (PBI), received a $100,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation to launch a revised Community Psychology master’s program for health counselors and clinical addictions counselors. The organization and the institution are coming together to enhance the mental health and substance abuse disorder workforce to address the ongoing challenges impacting Indiana communities.

The program at Martin University will train students to counsel persons with mental health and addiction issues. The mental health/addictions counseling needs for communities of color have historically been underserved. While there are many contributors to this, one fact is that persons from communities of color preferred to be counseled by persons who look like them in a culturally relevant environment. By increasing the workforce of African American counselors, there will be more opportunities for Black clients to receive needed counseling services from someone who comes from the same culture as themselves.

People with a substance abuse disorder ofter have other mental health illnesses, the most common being depression and anxiety disorder. Studies show that more than 50% who have a serious mental illness also have substance use or abuse disorder. It is estimated that 10 percent of adults in the United States have a drug use disorder at some point in their lives. In Indiana, there were over 14,000 visits to the emergency room for substance abuse issues and 1,026 deaths due to drug misuse in 2018. It is estimated that in Marion County, there are at least 9,000 individuals with opioid use disorder and about 40,000 people who misuse opioids.

About Martin University
As Indiana’s only Predominately Black Institution of Higher Education, Martin University educates and develops diverse workforce-ready students in an inclusive, supportive and collegiate environment. For more information, visit www.martin.edu.

Dr. Edward Ofori, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University (CSU) College of Pharmacy.

CHICAGO, ILDr. Edward Ofori, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University (CSU) College of Pharmacy, was named the Illinois State Higher Education Leader, one of 35 higher education professionals chosen for the 2021 Millennium Leadership Initiative by The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Leaders will join the AASCU’s 2021 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), which supports higher education leaders in advancing their leadership skills. Dr. Ofori was chosen through a rigorous selection process administrated by a selection committee composed exclusively of presidents and chancellors.

Experience in ELP allows participants to determine where they fit in the academy and to envision what their career path might look like, including a concrete next step. Participants graduate with the skills, connections, and support necessary to navigate the transition to administrative roles and gain a national network of motivated peers. Additionally, ELP provides the opportunity for participants to assess their leadership style and strengths and apply the skills learned in the instructional portion of the program to a project/initiative on their home campus over the academic year.

“I am excited to join the Emerging Leaders Program this year as a higher education leader,” said Dr. Edward Ofori, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.

Participants will learn from experiences AASCU presidents, senior leaders, and national experts in leadership and student success. Sessions will include theoretical knowledge, practical application, and case study discussions. Leaders will work with their president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator to identify and lead a project or initiative. The campus leader will provide mentorship and guidance throughout the project/initiative. It will feature one faculty-led webinar per month from April-November 2021 and include smaller group sessions for reflection, networking, and case studies.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C. -based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems. Members share a learning and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise.

About Chicago State University (CSU)
Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides access to higher education for students to diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The university fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed to teaching, research, service and community development including social justice, leadership and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.csu.edu.

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CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) announces it 2019 HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition. The Royalty Dictionary recognizes campus leaders who serve the title of King, Queen and SGA President at an accredited Historically Black College and University or Predominately Black Institution.

For five years, the HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition is an initiative that recognizes newly elected campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography and a series of questions pertaining to their campus involvement, strengths, motivation, and upcoming plans during their reign or term. Induction into the magazine, candidates are voted by the public and the top finalist will appear in the dictionary class of the following year as well as the magazine publication.

All interest campus leaders can complete registration for the completion online or download a paper version application here. The registration period ends on Friday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. (Please note: SGA Presidents are allowed to enter the competition only if their institution do not hold a mister or miss position or whichever one comes first in replacement). Voting begins June 1, 2019 through July 4, 2019.

HCF welcomes and invites companies and organization to advertise in the magazine. The advertisement will provide your business or organization with exposure to our magazine supporters and readers to purchase the magazine and support sponsors and advertisers.

Interest companies and organizations can find the “HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine Rates” contract here or request by email at support@hbcucampaignfund.org. Please review the information and complete the form in accordance with the type of size of advertisement desired. Feel free to contact the HCF Office directly at 773.988.2106, if you have any additional questions regarding advertising options.

HCF continues to look forward this initiative in highlighting the future dynamic and visionary leaders and success of HBCUs and PBIs. For more information about the HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition, visit HCF’s website at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/hbcuroyalty.

CHICAGO, ILHBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) announces its 2018 HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition. The competition highlights newly elected campus leaders that serve in the title of king, queen or SGA president at an accredited HBCU or PBI.

For four years, the HBCU Royalty Dictionary is an initiative that spotlights newly elected campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography with a series of questions relating to their campus involvement, improvement, strengths, motivation and upcoming plans during their reign or term. The dictionary was initially housed on HCF’s website at www.hbcucampaignfund.org. Now the Dictionary is a published magazine.

Induction into the magazine, candidates are voted by the public and the top finalist will appear in the dictionary class of that following year as well as in the magazine publication. This year’s theme is “Creating Royalty. Engaging HBCU Culture: Past, Present, and Future.

All interest campus leaders can read all rules and register for the competition online or download a paper version application here beginning Monday, May 7, 2018. (Please Note: SGA Presidents are allowed to enter the competition only if their institution do not hold a mister or queen position or whichever one applies to come in replacement.) The competition voting begins June 1, 2018, through July 4, 2018.

HCF welcomes and invites companies and organization to advertise in HCF’s magazine. The advertisement will provide your business or organization with exposure to our magazine supporters and readers to purchase the magazine and support sponsors and advertisers.

Interest companies and organizations can find the “HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine Rates” contract here or request by email at support@hbcucampaignfund.org. Please review the information and complete the form in accordance with the type of size of advertisement desired. Feel free to contact the HCF Office directly at 773.988.2106, if you have any additional questions regarding advertising options.

The proceeds will provide funding to awarding the top voted finalists with funds to their courts or SGA cabinet during the academic term in the following magazine competition, educational scholarships for high school and college student, services at HBCUs and the continued efforts of the HCF organization.

HCF continues to look forward this initiative in highlighting the future dynamic and visionary leaders and success of HBCUs and PBIs.

For more information about the HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition, visit HCF’s website at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/hbcuroyalty.

 

 

Nursing has become one of the most in-demand careers in today’s job market as well as a popular field and career choice.

There are several different levels of nursing programs at HBCU and PB institutions. Nursing degrees are available at Associate’s, Bachelors and Doctorate levels. While there are twelve-month courses available qualify graduates to become registered RN’s and Licensed Practical Nurses, these are regarded as stepping-stones toward a higher degree. In addition, more hospitals, clinics, and doctors are choosing only to hire nurses with a Bachelor’s degree or higher. If finances are an issue, seek assistance from the interest institution department or financial aid office.

We have compiled a list of schools that provides the best practices and educational needs possible for your clinical demands. Presenting to you are top 10 leading HBCU and PBI nursing schools of 2018 across the nation. Find out which schools have made the list below.

 

10. Winston-Salem State University | Winston-Salem, NC | Department of Nursing

Offering: BSN

The Department of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University is a national premier nursing school based on excellence in education, research, and public service, as well as diversity in student population and program offerings.

The undergraduate curriculum provides experiences needed for students to develop effective communication and critical thinking skills while executing therapeutic intervention, health promotion and disease prevention, and evidence-based practice strategies. These experiences include theory, clinical practicums and public service essential for delivery of professional nursing care in a variety of settings and to diverse populations.

The RN to BSN program at WSSU recognizes registered nurses adults learners with experience in nursing and an active personal life.

For more about WSSU Department of Nursing, visit www.wssu.edu.

 

9. North Carolina Central University | Durham, NC | Department of Nursing

Offering: ABSN, BSN

The Department of Nursing at NCCU creates and maintain an optimum learning environment that embraces shared governance; foster leadership, scholarship, continuous discovery, and service that enable graduate professional nurses to deliver culturally competent care and to meet the needs for quality health care in a global society.

The department offers three options leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The Traditional BSN program, the Accelerated BSN program, designed for students who hold at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree, in any field, and have completed the pre-requisite courses for nursing, and the RN-BSN program for graduates of associate degree programs who have an unrestricted North Carolina RN license.

NCCU became one of the first universities in the United States to offer a baccalaureate in nursing to associate degree and diploma nurses. The program received full accreditation in 1970, a status that has been maintained since that time, currently accredited with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

For more information about NCCU Department of Nursing, visit www.nccu.edu.

 

8.  Albany State University | Albany, GA | Department of Nursing

Offering: ASN, BSN, MSN

The Department of Nursing at Albany State University provides nursing education to a diverse student population consistent with the mission of ASU. The Department of Nursing offers ASN, BSN, and MSN degrees as well as Post-Master’s Certification. The Department of Nursing seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state, and nation through teaching, research, quality health care delivery, and public service. In collaboration with academic institutions, health care institutions, and state agencies, the Department of Nursing is committed to developing and enhancing programs and services to improve the health and quality of life of the citizens of southwest Georgia.

The goal of the programs in general is to increase the number of nursing graduates who are adequately prepared to enter the health care workforce and provide holistic, culturally-competent care, thereby decreasing the shortage that the nation currently face. At completion of the learning activities, it will prepare students for success on the nation licensing (NCLEX-RN) or certification examination(s) demonstrating competency in the delivery of evidence based nursing care.

For more information about ASU’s Department of Nursing, visit www.asurams.edu.

 

7. Bluefield State College | Bluefield, West Virginia | School of Nursing

Offering: BSN

The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers degrees in nursing and radiologic technology/imaging sciences. Programs offered include baccalaureate and associate degrees in nursing, baccalaureate in imaging science, and the associate degrees in radiologic technology.

The RN to BSN Program is to provide students an opportunity for quality baccalaureate nursing education that is both affordable and geographically accessible, and prepares students to meet the diverse health care needs of the community, state, and nation.

The Associate of Science Nursing is a two-year program that prepares individuals for nursing careers involving the delivery of direct client care in setting such as hospitals, physician offices, clinics, extended care facilities and the client’s home. The curriculum includes a balance of nursing and non-nursing courses.

For more information about Bluefield State’s School of Nursing, visit www.bluefieldstate.edu.

 

6. Chicago State University | Chicago, IL | Department of Nursing

Offering: RN, MSN

The Department of Nursing is to provide educational experiences that empower learners, promote competence in the area of professional nursing, strengthen the capacity of employment in a variety of clinical practice settings within the health care community, and develop a sense of civil responsibility.

The RN to BSN Track provides registered nurse graduates from a state approved and nationally accredited degree or diploma program in nursing, an opportunity a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Faculty in the Department of Nursing recognize that the RN student differs from an undergraduate student beginning a course of study.

The RN to BSN Track consists of 120 credit hours distributed among the natural sciences, social sciences, general education, humanities, nursing, and electives. CSU also offers a MSN, which educates nurses who will contribute significantly to the health, education, business, political, and social structure of the nation and the world.

For more information about CSU’s Department of Nursing, visit www.csu.edu.

 

5. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | Pine Bluff, AR | Nursing

Offering: BSN

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff incorporates liberal arts and nursing course work in cirricula that provide the education and skills necessary for a lifetime of personal and professional growth. The science and liberal arts components of the curricula provides the student with a foundation for advanced studies at the upper division nursing level and prepares graduates to engage in the full scope of professional nursing practice across the healthcare settings.

The UAPB program is developed based on constructivist theory and is grounded in evidenced based practice standards. The role of constructivism in the BSN program is on where the learner is treated as an adult; the student is able to make decisions about his or her educational needs and be an active participant in the educational process.

UAPB’s RN to BSN completion courses are web-based or hybrid to provide flexibility of scheduling for RN’s who are employed full-time in the profession. The program track was developed in response to the nursing shortage, and specifically the shortage of nurses prepared at the Bachelor’s degree level. Upon completion of the program, nurses are prepared to move into expanded nursing roles in patient care, leadership, community health, and/or entry into a graduate program in nursing.

For more information about UAPB’s Nursing Program, visit www.uapb.edu.

 

4. Lincoln University | Jefferson City, Missouri | School of Nursing

Offering: AAS, BSN, RN-BSN

Lincoln University’s School of Nursing prepares students for a rewarding career in nursing and provide students with a strong foundation for a wide range of professional opportunities. All three nursing degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The AAS in Nursing Program has full approval from the Missouri State Board for Nursing. The BSN Program has full approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Lincoln University has a reputation for producing top-notch nurses who are well prepared for the workforce. Since 1971, LU have graduated nurses who have demonstrated competence and made a difference in healthcare. Employers consistently state they prefer Lincoln University nursing graduates because they provide exceptional quality care for patients.

As a nursing student, when you enroll in the nursing major at Lincoln University, you will join on of LU’s most popular and esteemed programs on campus. Students will learn ways to positively impact the lives and health of individuals, families, and communities. Students will have a variety of opportunities as Lincoln University is located only miles away from a number of excellent clinical facilities.

In 2017, 100% of the 17 nurses who graduates in December passed the National Licensure Examination. This was the first class of its four-year degree program.

For more information about Lincoln University Nursing Program, visit www.lincolnu.edu.

 

3.  Prairie View A&M University | Prairie View, TX | College of Nursing

Offering: BSN, MSN, DNP

Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing continues to stand out as a fervent exemplar in educating professional nurses for now and the future. PVAMU offers three programs: BSN, MSN, and DNP. Students enrolled in the RN-BSN track complete the program in 3 semesters or twelve months. PVAMU’s College of Nursing has been in the forefront of educating African-American nurses for over 95 years.

The purpose of the College of Nursing is to prepare beginning professional of nurse generalists (BSN); and graduate prepared nurses with an area of specialization (MSN), and/or a doctoral prepared (DNP) expert clinical practice scholar, all of whom have foundations for continuing personal, professional and educational growth. Graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of settings and to assume leadership roles as socially responsible and accountable professionals in response to the health needs of a rapidly changing, technological complex society.

In January 2005, the LVN-BSN Program admitted the first cohort of 12 students. The program is offered at the Texas Medical Houston campus. The program is structured to be completed in four academic semesters.

For more information about PVAMU’s College of Nursing, visit www.pvamu.edu.

 

2.  Fayetteville State University | Fayetteville, NC | Department of Nursing

Offering: BSN

The Department of Nursing at Fayetteville State University provides baccalaureate education to registered nurses. The department offers two tracks for students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing – the Generic Track and the RN to BSN completion track. Graduates of the program are nurses generalists who are prepared to function in six interrelated roles: advocate, clinician, collaborator/coordinator, educator, leader, and consumer of research.

The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are consistent with the mission of the Department of Nursing, the mission of Fayetteville State University,  the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the laws, rules, and standards of the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

The RN to BSN program contains science-based learning and nursing skills instruction. Students will learn health assessment, evidence-based practices, community health issues and trends in nursing, and emergency care.

For more information about FSU’s Department of Nursing, visit www.uncfsu.edu.

 

1. Lawson State Community College | Nursing Program

Offering: RN, ADN

Founded in 1970, Lawson State Community College Associate Degree Program has one of the highest NCLEX pass rate in the state of Alabama. The Department of Health Professions at Lawson State offers a program of study leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

The program is designed to educate both men and women to become Registered Nurses (RN) prepared for nursing practice and to be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensure as an RN (NCLEX-RN). Graduates are encouraged to write the NCLEX-RN examination within 90 days of graduation.

In 2017, Lawson’s Nursing Program ranked #2 in the state (among both 2 and 4-year colleges) by RegisteredNursing.org. And in 2018, its Nursing Program ranked #1 for its RN and ADN program in Alabama out of 40 accredited institutions by RegisteredNursing.org.

For more information about Lawson State Community College Nursing Program, visit www.lawsonstate.edu.

 

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