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June, 2012
June, 2011

June, 2012

The annual HBCU-General Education Alliance Conference, held May 29-31, 2012, on the campus of Shaw University, is being referred to as a “successful beginning” for the Alliance by presenters and participants who traveled from Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and major cities in North Carolina.

The theme “Blueprints for Educating the African American Student” provided the context for the three- day conference and prompted the following schedule (1) opening remarks from national leaders; (2) roundtable discussions led by influential leaders from the academy and the community; (3) scholarly academic sessions; and (4) workshops and book signings by researchers and professionals such as psychologists and sociologists.

On behalf of the Executive Committee and members of the Board of Directors of the HBCUGEA, I extend gratitude to everyone who attended.  In particular, we are grateful to the following national leaders who delivered remarks, followed by Q&A, at the conference’s opening plenary session on May 29:  Dr. Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education; Dr. John Wilson, Director of the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and Dr. Susan Cooper Loomis, Assistant Director of Psychometrics at the National Assessment Governing Board (NAEP... the Nation’s Report Card).  Also, we are grateful to North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Walter Dalton and other state education administrators who joined us at our opening reception on the evening of May 29, and to Beverly Perdue, Governor of North Carolina; Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh; and Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancey, President of Shaw University who in their letters welcomed the conference to the state, city, and university. Of course, hearty appreciation is extended  first to our distinguished guests of the Academy Roundtable on May 30--- Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Clark Atlanta University;  Dr. Lee Stiff, Professor of Mathematics at North Carolina State University; and Dr. Michael Hodge, Chair of Sociology at Morehouse College--- and to our distinguished guests of the Community Roundtable on May 31--Dr. Earl C. Johnson, pastor of Raleigh’s Martin Street Baptist Church, and Dr. Jonathan Livingston, Assistant Director of Psychology at North Carolina Central University and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families at NCCU.   Truly, the conference could not have unfolded without Alliance members, parents, researchers, members of the community, and volunteers in attendance, and so we say, “thank you!”

For three full days, you, the presenters and participants of the HBCUGEA conference, engaged one another in powerful, intellectual, and decision-making conversations about (1) the proficiency achievements of students of color, which ranged from gifted to underprepared to unprepared; (2) the need for consistency in articulating our expectations of minority education at national, state, and local levels;  and (3) best “strategies and practices” that are worth exploring, supporting, and promoting in order to improve achievement levels among students of color, especially among disadvantaged and unprepared African American males.

The effectiveness of such an event is two-fold:   a “successful beginning” for the HBCUGEA, and a consensus of strategic goals in 2012-2013 for members of the Alliance, the academy, and community. Again, thank you!
Hazel Arnett Ervin
President, HBCUGEA, INC.




Dr. Hazel ErvinAbout the President

Hazel Arnett Ervin has more than 35 years of experience as both high school and college educator where she has promoted a student-centered modeling of teaching and learning. Equally, she has assisted in guiding institutions of higher education towards reaffirmation and accreditation, especially in General Education, Institutional Effectiveness, and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). During her tenure as Director of General Education at Morehouse College from 2005-2011, Ervin oversaw a piloted curriculum revision which increased graduation rates in four years at an HBCU to an average of 86 percent.

Dr. Ervin has additional years of service in education as a consultant to ETS (Proficiency Profile and GRE exams) and the College Board (CLEP’s Freshman Composition exam); as an on-site evaluator to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); and now as President of the HBCU-General Education Alliance, Inc. More recently, Ervin was appointed by the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known also as the Nation’s Report Card, to help “set achievement levels” for writing in American education.

Leadership certificates have been earned from the Hampton University Leadership Summit; the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education; and ACUI’s Women’s Leadership Institute. The academic achievements of Ervin have been recognized via the Fulbright award; fellowships from Mellon, NEH, and the WYE Institute; and several biographers such as Who’s Who in Black America; the World Who’s Who of Women (out of England); and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. The author of five books in African American literary criticism, Ervin’s forthcoming works are on African Americans in education.

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