Winston-Salem State University was ranked fifth among top historically black colleges and universities by College Choice, an online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find colleges.

Tuskegee University took the top spot, followed by Hampton University, and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The University of Arkansas was ranked fourth.

College Choice rankings of HBCUs are based exclusively on factors that college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to a nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market.

Historically black colleges and universities play a critical role in America’s educational landscape. There are more than 100 historically black colleges and universities, a majority of them located in the Southeast.

“Not only do historic black colleges and universities produce one-fifth of all African-American college graduates, they also do an extremely good job of generating graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related programs,” said Jenny Castro, lead editor of the ranking. “HBCUs serve as important pipelines for students whose families have never graduated from institutions of higher learning.”     John Hinton, Winston-Salem Journal, Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dr. Denise Pearson

Dr. Denise Pearson

Dr. Denise Pearson, senior associate dean and professor of education at Winston-Salem State University has been appointed to a 3-year term and will chair the highly selective Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards Committee.

“I am honored to represent WSSU on this national platform and as chair of the committee, I look forward to leveraging this association to further impact educator preparation in NC and beyond,” Pearson said.  “This is great news for our historic institution as we forge ahead to create transformative educational experiences for our students and the communities in which our graduates will ultimately serve.”

The mission of CAEP is to advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. More than 1000 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

The Standards Committee is responsible for periodical standards review, change recommendations, timeline, implementation and standards implementation improvement .

Kenneth Sharpe, Jr.

Kenneth Sharpe, Jr.

When most people come across a bad accident, they may call for help or (these days) video what’s going on. But, Kenneth Sharper, Jr., didn’t do either of these things. He jumped right in and pulled a young man to safety. The WSSU football says he doesn’t feel like a hero, but thought about what his father and brother would do in that situation. Read more here.

The female legends that have graced the cover of iconic Jet magazine and the creations of artist Willie Cole join forces to produce a blockbuster exhibition at Diggs Gallery on the campus of WSSU. Read more here.

Kenneth Sharpe, Jr., a freshman running back at WSSU,  has a story to tell about how he saved a little boy’s life a few days ago. But Sharpe says that is what he would do for anybody, anytime, anywhere, because he hopes someone would do the same for him. Learn more here.

Chancellor Robinson Lends Helping Hand in Service Project

Service in the community where you work or live is a big part of WSSU’s brand. Recently, WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson, helped more than 600 high school students visiting WSSU as part of the Lott Carey Youth Seminar understand what that means. Read more here.

Malaysian Chemistry Professor's Relationship with WSSU Spawns Study Abroad Opportunity for Two WSSU Students this Summer

You never know where your opportunities will come from. But you have to be ready when they do come. Malaysian chemistry professor Dr. Ng Sing Muk took his opportunity to teach and lecture at WSSU and provided an opportunity for two WSSU chemistry students to study at his university. Read more here.

A WSSU Professor's Recent Excursion to China Uncovers a Surprising Story of Migrant Workers there.

In China, most foreign visitors are allowed to see what the government wants them to see. But WSSU professor of economics Craig Richardson was able to see a little more and gain a better understanding of how the Chinese economy works. Read more here.

WSSU Economist Says Nation's Employment Picture Looking Good Dispite Slight Uptick in NC Jobless Rate

Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. But, WSSU professor of economics, Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi, says he sees improvement in the general economy. Read more here.

WSSU Chancellor Wants to Reach 10% Threshold in Alumni Giving

We are right there! Right there! WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson believes that with a little more commitment, WSSU can reach a giving goal that many institutions are trying to attain. Read more here.

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