Webinar: What You Need to Know About the MCAT2015 Exam, Wednesay March 18

Calling all Pre-Med Stundents!

The AAMC and The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities are pleased to bring you the webinar:

What You Need to Know About the MCAT2015 Exam

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time: 2:00pm ET

This webinar will focus on the new MCAT2015 exam, which will begin administration in April 2015. The agenda includes a description of the changes to the new exam, how the exam is organized, and how the exam is scored. In addition, information will be shared about registration and test day expectations, as well as the types of the low- and no-cost test preparation materials that the AAMC has made available and new resources to be released in the near future. The webinar will include a Q&A period.

Registration is FREE, click here for more information !!



California Community Colleges forges guaranteed transfer agreement with nine HBCUs

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                     

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

March 17, 2015

Contact: Paige Marlatt Dorr

Office: 916.327.5356

Cell: 916.601.8005

Office email: pdorr@cccco.edu

California Community Colleges forges guaranteed transfer agreement with nine historically black colleges and universities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Beginning fall 2015, California community college transfer students who meet certain academic criteria will be guaranteed admission to nine historically black colleges and universities, thanks to an agreement the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the leaders of the institutions signed at the board’s meeting today.

“The California Community Colleges is working on multiple fronts to open avenues of opportunity for our students,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “This agreement opens a new and streamlined transfer pathway for our students to some of the finest and culturally diverse institutions of higher learning in the United States. I thank our nine partners for working with us to make it possible.”

The nine historically black colleges and universities participating in the agreement are:

Under the agreement, students who apply to the schools and obtain a transfer-level associate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and complete either the University of California Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, or the California State University General Education Breadth pattern, will be guaranteed admission with junior standing.

A second option to earn guaranteed admission requires transfer students to earn 30 or more CSU or UC transferrable units with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Other advantages conferred to transfer students under the agreement include priority consideration for housing, consideration for transfer scholarships for students with a 3.2 or higher GPA, and pre-admission advising.

For certain majors, students may need to fulfill additional prerequisites and other requirements.

Eight of the participating colleges and universities are private institutions. Lincoln University of Missouri is public, and will offer in-state tuition for California community college transfer students.

Today’s agreement supports a White House initiative, led by Dr. George Cooper, to strengthen and expand the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide quality higher education to students.

“California community college students and the nine participating schools will benefit immensely from the agreement,” said Cooper. “The schools will have an even larger pool of gifted students knocking on their doors and California community college students will be guaranteed transfer to four-year institutions with rich histories, traditions and track records of success.”

Historically black colleges and universities were founded to serve the higher education needs of African-American students, though they are open to students of any ethnicity.

These colleges and universities are typically smaller in student size than other schools. Many classes are taught by professors rather than teaching assistants in a nurturing and supportive environment with many opportunities for student leadership development.

Jovon Duke, 22, attended El Camino College in Torrance, Calif. and transferred to Fisk University in 2013 because of its small class sizes and friendly, supportive atmosphere. “Fisk is such a tight-knitted community and Nashville is great. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to take on leadership positions and have made many friends and close relationships with my professors. I love it here,” said Duke. He plans on earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology and moving on to either Middle Tennessee State University or Case Western to get a master’s degree in social work.

There are 105 historically black colleges and universities in the country, with most located in the South and East Coast.

Many historically black colleges and universities were founded after the Civil War, after the Morrell Act permitting the development of land grant colleges was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

For more information on today’s agreement and the participating colleges and universities, please visit www.cccco.edu/HBCUTransfer.


The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/, https://www.facebook.com/CACommColleges, or https://twitter.com/CalCommColleges.



NASA Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program – Deadline March 16

NASA Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program

The goal of the MIRS Program is to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. Over the past ten years, the program has provided opportunities for faculty members and students from minority-serving institutions to partner with astrobiology investigators.

One of the program’s main objectives is to engage more faculty from under-represented schools in astrobiology research and increase the number of students pursuing careers in astrobiology.

Please contact Melissa Kirven-Brooks, Melissa.kirven@nasa.gov for more information.

2015 MIRS ApplicationThe application deadline is: March 16, 2015

MBK: One-Year Progress Report to the President


Office of the Press Secretary


March 5, 2015


My Brother’s Keeper Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President

On February 27, 2014, President Barack Obama launched “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) and issued a powerful call to action to close opportunity gaps still faced by too many young people, and often by boys and young men of color in particular. The President’s announcement encouraged candid dialogues around the country and a greater sense of responsibility among community leaders, and young people themselves to put all youth in a position to thrive, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Over the course of the past year, efforts have advanced along three areas of focus based on the goals laid out in the MBK Presidential Memorandum: state and local engagement, private sector action – independent nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate action; and Public Policy review and reform. The report being released today provides an update on all three approaches over the course of a year since the MBK launch. You can find the full report HERE.


State and Local Engagement: The MBK Community Challenge

Since late September 2014, nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge in partnership with more than 2,000 individual community-based allies. These “MBK Communities” are working with leading experts in youth and community development to design and implement cradle-to-college-and-career action plans. Within six months of accepting the Challenge, MBK Communities commit to review local public policy, host action summits, and start implementing their locally tailored action plans to address opportunity gaps. MBK Communities are provided with technical assistance to develop, implement and track plans of action from both federal agencies and independent organizations with related expertise.


Challenge acceptors (full list) include:

  • The nation’s five largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.
  • Small cities and towns, including Prichard, AL, Berea, OH, Carlisle, PA, Holly Hill, SC, and Ranson, WV.
  • Cities with some of the highest African American populations, including Detroit, Birmingham and Washington, DC.
  • Cities with some of the highest Hispanic populations, including San Francisco, Dallas, Miami and Phoenix.
  • Seventeen Tribal Nations, including the Cherokee, Cheyenne River, Hoonah and Navajo tribal nations.


Private-Sector Action: Business, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Action

Foundations, businesses, and social enterprises have responded to the President’s call to action by taking steps to ensure that communities have the support they need and by providing funding and advice for aligned national initiatives. More than $300 million in grants and in-kind resources have been independently committed already to advance the mission of MBK, including  investments in safe and effective schools, mentoring programs, juvenile justice reforms, and school redesign. For example, the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) is coordinating the leaders of 63 of the largest urban school systems in the country in a pledge to change life outcomes by better serving students at every stage of their education; Prudential announced a commitment of $13 million to support technical assistance for MBK Communities as well as impact investments for innovative for-profit and nonprofit social purpose enterprises that eliminate barriers to financial and social mobility; and on Christmas Day 2014, the NBA launched a public service announcement and campaign in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to recruit 25,000 new mentors over the next five years.


Policy: The Federal Response

The MBK Task Force, an interagency working group of representatives of over ten agencies across the Federal government,  has encouraged and tracked implementation of the recommendations outlined in the initial 90-day report issued in May. Those efforts have led to greater focus on federal investments that support evidence-based interventions. For example, grant programs, like the Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative and the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe, harness federal resources to create clearer pathways to success by helping youth build both work and life skills. Public-private partnerships like Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps, School Turnaround AmeriCorps and 21st Century Conservation Service Corps are working with the Corporation for National and Community Service to engage underserved youth in service that has the potential to transform their lives and the communities they serve. Similarly, the Departments of Education and Justice issued Correctional Education guidance to help to ensure that incarcerated youth have the full protection of existing laws and benefits. The federal government has also advanced its efforts to track quality data for boys and young men of color and their peers.

Through MBK, this Administration will continue to improve transparency and accountability to address persistent opportunity gaps at every level and improve outcomes for all young people to ensure they have the opportunity to succeed.


You can find the full report HEREhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/mbk_progress_report_0.pdf



NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) seeking interns

GSFC will be accepting applications between March 9, 2015 and March 16, 2015 for our Fall 2015 Pathways IEP opportunities.

You can search and apply for NASA federal opportunities on

http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/. For the specific IEP jobs see below:

NASA’s Office of Education sponsors seasonal opportunities including internships, fellowships and scholarships.

If you are interested in non- federal service student research-based science, technology, egineering and math (STEM) opportunities apply directly at:


[Webinar] Register for the Expanding your Financing Options – Community Development Financing Institutions Webinar


Funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury for over 20 years, Community Development Financing Institutions (CDFIs) provide loans for startup and microenterprises, gap financing, and offer technical assistance.  The nationwide CDFI Program invests in and builds the capacity of small and minority-owned businesses supporting business grow, sustainability, and community revitalization.

On Wednesday, March 4th the Opportunity Finance Network, a leading national network of CDFIs, will discuss the different lending options and how they help businesses access responsible and affordable capital. Since 2011, their network has originated more than $30 billion in financing in urban, rural, and Native communities.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how CDFIs can be an alternative lending source for your business.

Date: Wednesday, March 4th

Time: 1:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Register: http://1.usa.gov/1Db4Ue2


FY 2015 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad (SA) Program Announcement


CFDA Number: 84.018A

The SA Program supports short-term study and travel abroad for U.S. educators for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. The program is open to U.S. educators and administrators at the K-12 level.  For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 competition, we are offering a seminar to China, administered through a contractual agreement with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR).

The Fiscal Year 2015 Seminars application package will be available starting February 27, 2015 at www.g5.gov. The due date for submitting applications is April 1, 2015.  For additional program information, please go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/index.html

A Seminars Abroad Competition webinar will be offered Saturday, March 7, 12:00pm EST.

To register go to:


Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions in order to join the webinar on March 7th.

For audio, you must call in to the conference call line below. (PLEASE NOTE: Audio will not be provided if you just log onto the webinar using the information above).

Dial the Access Phone Number: 888-989-4712.

When prompted, dial the access code: 6256310.

If you have questions once the webinar begins please contact Carla.white@ed.gov.

For additional information on how to apply to the program, please go to: