September 2018 Bison Beat

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A Monthly Newsletter from the Office of the President

BISON BEAT September 2018 | Volume 7 Issue 3

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Dear Howard University Community, There is a regular cadence to life on our campus from Opening Convocation to Commencement and everything in between. One of the most meaningful moments is welcoming a new group of future Bison to campus. This year marks my fourth as president of Howard University, yet it remains inspiring to hear the stories of struggle and accomplishment represented by each incoming freshman. Whether they moved from across town or from halfway around the world, each new student chose to come here because of their conviction that a Howard education would help them attain their goals. I am honored and humbled to lead this institution because we strive every day to ensure that opportunity remains America’s

promise. I am one of the countless individuals whose life has been transformed by this remarkable place and helping to extend that experience to the next generation has been one of the great privileges of my life. Everyone who works here contributes to advancing Howard’s academic and service driven mission. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are more than stakeholders; they are uniquely woven pieces of our fabric. We are all Howard.

Excellence in Truth and Service,


Howard University Class of 2022


Moving on Up Howard’s US News and World Report Rankings Soar


No Stopping Us Now Howard Leads in Preparing and Educating Black Medical Students


Mission before Majors Howard Servant Leaders Pave the Way

9 Howard University Launches HU STANDS Campaign 10 Colbert I. and Gwendolyn S. King

Wayne A. I. Frederick. M.D., MBA PRESIDENT

Endowed Lecture Series 2018-19 11 Heightened Cash Monitoring II Status Updates 13 New Appointments

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Moving On Up: Howard’s US News and World Report Rankings Soar

Howard University Class of 2022 Howard University’s class of 2022 has made their mark.

Howard University climbed 21 spots to No. 89 in U.S. News & World Report's latest 2019 rankings of the nation’s best universities, as evaluated on 16 measures of academic quality, including first-year student retention, graduation rates, strength of the faculty and alumni giving.














Nigeria, Jamaica, France, Senegal, South Africa Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam

This year’s freshman class arrived at Howard from a variety of locations, both domestic and international. The College of Arts and Sciences received the largest number of new students, with biology being the most popular major. While the new biology students support University initiatives to produce innovative STEM professionals, the class of 2022’s presence within the School of Business continues an upward trend of more women choosing to pursue business degrees. Of the 263 freshman students entering, 55 percent are women. “We have seen a trend over the last eight to ten years of more women studying business,” says Barron Harvey, Ph.D., Dean of Howard University’s School of Business.

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They are not only looking for a return on their education but opportunities to start their own businesses. Crystal Cox, a second generation Howard student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will spend the next several years studying at the School of Business. “I’m most excited to meet the people I’ll be taking classes with, since I’m sure we’ll be spending a lot of time together over the next four years,” says Cox, an incoming business management student. Howard University’s class of 2022 reflects a talented group of future industry leaders, equipped with standardized test scores averaging 1220 on the SAT.

The rankings are a continuation of the increase in national rankings the school has been experiencing and reflects a personal best in recent years for Howard University. A year ago, the institution recorded a 14–point improvement (No.110). The U.S. News rankings are based on assessments of more than 1,600 of the country’s four-year colleges and universities and will be included in the 2019 edition of America’s Best Colleges. U.S News recognized Howard in other major ranking categories. In the listing of Best Values Schools, Howard rose two spots to rank No. 73. In the listing of the Best Undergraduate Business Programs, Howard rose one spot

to No. 127. The University was again ranked No. 2 among top historically Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. Howard also made the list as an A+ School for B Students

(No. 24). In the listing of the Best Undergraduate Business Programs, Howard ranked No. 132. The largest factors contributing to the institution’s improved score this year are its increase in first-year student retention rate, which is above the national average, and its increased graduation rate was 8 percent higher than the anticipated rate. These factors, coupled with an increasing rate of alumni giving, increasing student SAT and ACT scores, and a freshman class of which 25 percent of the students hail from the Top 10 percent of their high school classes, helped boost Howard’s 2019 rank. Howard also received an increase in its reputational score among high school counselors. Howard maintained its institutional reputation score among presidents, provosts and deans of admission at peer schools. New this year, U.S. News & World Report has factored in a school’s success at promoting “social mobility” by graduating students who received federal Pell Grants (those typically coming from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually).

ON TOP NOW Howard is No.1 Institution for Preparing and Educating Black Medical Students Howard University is America’s No. 1 institution for producing Black applicants to U.S. medical schools, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In the 2017-18 academic year, 118 Howard undergraduates applied to U.S. medical schools, ahead of all other colleges and universities. Nearly 150 years ago, eight students launched Howard University’s College of Medicine. Today, we enroll more than 300 African American students, more than double the number of Black students in the leading predominantly White medical school. Howard University prepares more African American pre-med students to apply to medical school and enrolls the most African American students in our own esteemed medical school because we are committed to our mission to diversify the workforce with an infusion of talented, well-prepared scholars. Howard University’s success can be attributed to the creation of several programs that seek to develop qualified Black medical school applicants. One example is the Pre-Freshman Summer Enhancement Program for incoming undergraduate freshmen. Howard also offers a similar summer program to undergraduate students from other historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), which serves as a pipeline into Howard’s College of Medicine.


Although students have the option to attend medical school anywhere, those who continue into Howard’s renowned medical program are welcomed in a traditional White Coat Ceremony. This year 123 new medical students crossed the stage to receive their short white coats. For the next four years, they will study various fields ranging from emergency medicine to radiation oncology. Upon graduation, they will exchange their short coats for the full-length version, indicating that they have achieved the rank of M.D. Over the past 150 years, Howard University has perfected a winning formula to develop talented students into skilled surgeons. Howard University is one of 12 schools in the nation designated as a “National Health Careers Opportunity Program Academy” and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Howard University Health Careers Opportunity Program, known as HCOP, is a multifaceted project that brings together the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, and Medicine. The goal is to improve access to quality health care for all, particularly for communities that are medically underserved.


Using information about undergraduate colleges for

96% of Harvard Business School

graduates from 1969 through 2015, Harvard found the following data.

32% of black graduates attended a Top 100 National University before coming

to HBS. The next largest concentration is graduates of Ivy League institutions, which accounts for 26% of all black graduates. Looking at the specific colleges within these overall categories, the top 10 colleges attended by graduates

of HBS are shown at right.

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10 Includes eight graduates of Radcliffe College

Mission before Majors: Howard Servant Leaders Pave the Way BISON PHILANTHROPY For many alumni, Howard University is a family affair. But one family has not only witnessed several members achieve the distinction of earning a Howard degree, they have created a legacy that will ensure that many more students get to follow in their footsteps. The Artishia and Frederick Jordan Scholarship Fund has provided $700,000 in financial assistance to 64 Howard University students since 2011. The scholarship fund was founded in 1976 by African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Frederick D. Jordan at Morris Brown College in memory of his late wife, Artishia Wilkerson Jordan. When Morris Brown closed its doors in 2009, the Jordan Scholarship Board formed a partnership with Howard University, where both Frederick and Artishia attended in the 1920s. Frederick completed his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University. While at Howard, he was the treasurer of Howard’s first Student Council and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Artishia was active in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the

French Club and the Howard chapter of the YWCA before graduating in 1922. Frederick’s sister Alice also attended Howard in the 1930s. Since then, there has been a Jordan family member at Howard from 1961 through 2015, including sisters Patricia Jordan Cleveland Van Dyke (B.S. ’65), Jennifer Jordan (B.A. ’67; M.A. ’70), Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, (B.A. ’68; M.A. ’70) and Angela Jordan Davis (B.A. ’78). Jennifer Jordan taught for 40 years in Howard’s English Department. The family has continued the scholarship in the memory of the bishop and his wife for students who display academic excellence, a passion for community service and involvement in religious life. The application process is managed through the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. On March 4, eight students who received scholarships during the 201718 academic year were honored during the Chapel’s Sunday service.

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HOWARD UNIVERSITY SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT The Howard University School of Business hosted its inaugural Sports & Entertainment Summit (HUSE) this month, featuring talks with top sports and entertainment industry executives, including a one-on-one conversation with keynote speaker Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the National Football League (NFL). The two-day summit gave young professionals of color an inside look at opportunities in the competitive markets of sports and entertainment.


- DEDRA OWENS (B.A. ’90)

For the students, “this program means opportunity,” said Yolanda Jean-Baptiste, a junior biology major, and 2017-18 scholarship recipient. “It’s an opportunity for me to grow and stress less about finances and an opportunity to continue my education so one day I can give to someone else and return the favor.” Denise Morris, a junior biology major, agreed, saying the scholarship “allowed me to continue my education when I didn’t think I was going to be able to come back to Howard due to financial reasons.”

“The Howard University School of Business Sports and Entertainment Summit, conceived and organized by Howard University School of Business students, addresses a growing area that students are aspiring to in their choice of career,“ says Howard School of Business Dean Barron Harvey. "The core purpose of this event is to create more opportunities in sports and entertainment for students and young professionals of color," says Kadeem Pilgrim, a 2nd-year MBA student at Howard University and Sports & Entertainment Summit co-creator. "It's important to open more doors in these competitive industries for passionate and talented students who will become tomorrow's industry leaders.”

The Jordan family not only plans to continue helping Howard students reach their educational goals, but they hope to inspire other alumni to do the same. “Howard is a family of families,” said board member Dedra Owens (B.A. ’90). “If you have ten family members you can give to who were alumni and each contributes $1,000 a year, at the end of the year you have a Howard student. That can make a difference.”


GLOBEMED HOWARD UNIVERSITY SERVES IN MALAWI As part of the GlobeMed Howard Chapter’s international service learning project, five Howard University students (Emmanuel Demise, Adebosola Karunwi, Nekahalia Tyson, Nancy Alexis, and Amma Boateng) volunteered for five weeks in an under-served community just outside of Blantyre (Malawi, East Africa). This is the second year we have sent students to work with this community during the summer, and the program has catapulted in such a short period of time.

Howard University Launches HU STANDS Campaign

In alliance with National Campus Safety Awareness Month, Howard University kicked off a year-long campaign, “HU Stands” to promote sexual assault prevention on campus., The Title IX Office and several campus partners, hosted a campus event inviting students, faculty, and staff to take the pledge to stand against interpersonal violence. The Howard University Student Association and the 1867 Club were campaign kick-off partners.

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Last year, Howard University unveiled the Interim Title IX Policy on Prohibited Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence to the campus community. Interpersonal Violence includes a variety of types of violence covered under Title IX law, such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination or harassment, dating, and domestic violence, stalking and retaliation. If a Howard University student is the victim of sexual assault on or off campus, they have access to University resources that specialize in medical, counseling, advocacy, law enforcement, investigation, residential, and academic accommodations.




Colbert I. and Gwendolyn S. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series 2018-19 WHUT / Howard University Television will live stream and broadcast a series of programs developed as part of the 2018-2019 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series. This year’s program is chaired by veteran political strategist and author Donna Brazile. The first live stream event, titled A Conversation on CIVILITY, with former Republican National Convention chair and political activist, Michael Steele , was hosted on Tuesday, September 11 at 5 pm, . I Steele and Brazile are two of only three African Americans to hold the position of chair for either political party. The program will also broadcast on-air on WHUT and on radio via WHUR on HBCU/Sirius XM142.

THE FOLLOWING Q&A LIST PROVIDES ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON HCM2: WHAT IS HCM2 OR HEIGHTENED CASH MONITORING? HCM2 is a type of federal financial aid payment method. A school placed on HCM2 no longer receives funds under the Advance Payment Method, which enables the school to receive federal student aid dollars for each student before submitting supporting documentation. HCM2 will create a delay in Howard’s receipt of certain Federal student aid funds. After a school on HCM2 makes financial aid disbursements to students from its own institutional funds, a Reimbursement Payment Request must be submitted for those funds to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Howard will receive the same amount of money, just in a different timeline. Howard University has been working closely with our federal partners at DOE and will continue to work closely with other entities to improve service, restore confidence in our processes, and continue to provide a world-class education that our students deserve.

WILL THE HCM2 STATUS PREVENT STUDENTS FROM RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID FROM HOWARD UNIVERSITY? No, HCM2 will not affect any financial aid awards to students. Howard University will distribute financial aid to students internally, then receive reimbursement from the federal government. It is important to note that we are taking all necessary measures to avoid any adverse impact on students in the processing of aid and receipt of funds.

WHERE WILL HOWARD GET THE MONEY? WILL THIS IMPACT THE FY19 BUDGET, OR RESULT IN EMPLOYEE JOB CUTS? Howard University will utilize monies from its operating cash flow. This will not impact the annual budget, and no positions will be cut as a result of this new status. Howard expects to be able to manage this temporary delay in cash receipts without any impairment to University operations. Thanks to the financial turnaround Howard has been implementing over the past several years, the University’s financial position, including its cash balances, is stronger than in prior years. Due to this stronger financial position, the University has been able to secure a $75 million working capital revolving line of credit from one of the nation’s most prestigious banking institutions. This line of credit is available to help Howard bridge any temporary shortfalls the University may experience between cash inflows and outflows.


No, it will not.

WHAT IMPROVEMENTS AND STAFF ENHANCEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE WITHIN THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID? Howard has made the following changes and appointed the following new staff to help improve the Office of Financial Aid: Anthony E. Jones, M.Ed., Associate Provost/Assistant Vice-President of Enrollment Management (Hired) Angelika Williams, Director of Financial Aid (Hired) Mustafa Hersi, Esq., University-wide Chief Compliance Officer (Hired)


IN FINANCIAL AID STAFF, TO BE COMPLETED BY OCTOBER 1 Rachael Creque, Deputy Director/Financial Aid Compliance Officer (Hired)

CAN THIS NEW DESIGNATION BE REVERSED? Yes. To be removed from HCM2, Howard must submit six (6) consecutive monthly submission requests for reimbursement with less than a 10 percent error rate. DOE will also evaluate Howard’s progress towards systematizing necessary financial aid controls. An HCM2 team focused on completing submissions with the quality needed to meet the criteria has been instituted.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL TIMEFRAME THAT AN INSTITUTION IS ON HCM2 STATUS? It will take at least six months to be eligible for removal from the HCM2 status, provided we have six clean submissions during that window. If a submission during the period of time fails, the process begins again. After the proper submissions are complete, DOE Federal Student Aid Division will determine if the institution will be removed from HCM2 status.

WILL THIS HAVE AN IMPACT ON HOWARD’S ACCREDITATION? Howard University remains fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. We have informed Middle States of this change in federal financial aid payment method. Regardless, we will move swiftly to exit HCM2 status and minimize its impact on University operations.










OCTOBER 22-28, 2018



New Appointments SHARON STRANGE-LEWIS, Director of Alumni Relations

Howard University has appointed Sharon Strange-Lewis as Director of Alumni Relations in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR). Strange-Lewis, an alumna of Howard University’s School of Communications class of ‘84, brings nearly a decade of experience to the position, having served as the former director of Women and Diversity Programs and other alumni programs at the University of Maryland (UMD). She previously held an extensive career in television as the vice president of Creative Services for Black Entertainment Television (BET) before starting her career in alumni relations in 2009.

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Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the Howard University Department of Public Safety Howard University appointed Mr. Marcus Lyles as the Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the Howard University Department of Public Safety, effective Monday, June 11, 2018. Lyles joins Howard University after serving as the director of Public Safety and Campus Police at Trinity Washington University, where he was responsible for all services and activities of the Campus Police & Safety Department including safety, security and public assistance. Lyles earned a bachelor’s degree from American University in criminal justice administration and obtained an Emergency Management certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He is also a certified instructor in CPR, AED, First Aid at the American Red Cross and, in 2016, was awarded the “Patriot Award” by the United States Department of Defense.

Director of Financial Aid Howard University appointed Angelika Williams as Director of Financial Aid effective September 4, 2018. Before joining the Office of Financial Aid at Howard University, Williams served as director of scholarships and financial aid at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Williams holds a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor of science in chemistry from William Carey College. She is currently pursuing a doctorate of business administration from Walden University. Williams has served as a member on a variety of professional associations including the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA), and Financial Aid Audit and Compliance Professionals (FAACP). In 2014 she received the Friends of Student Diversity and Inclusion Award from Texas State University.


Interim Dean of the College of Dentistry Howard University appointed Andrea Denise Jackson, DDS, MS, FACP, FACD as the Interim Dean of the College of Dentistry. Dr. Jackson has served in positions of increasing responsibility at Howard University College of Dentistry including most recently as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics. A respected clinician, Dr. Jackson completed both her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at


Chief Information Officer Howard University has appointed Mr. Jonathan Piersol as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Mr. Piersol joined the University community on September 4, 2018. Piersol joins Howard University after serving as the vice president and CIO of The Thurston Group, LLC (TTG) for over five years, where he was responsible for providing leadership in all areas of information technology applications, systems and services as well as the strategic planning of TTG’s IT environment. Piersol earned a bachelor’s degree from Strayer College in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. He obtained two master’s degrees, one in Information Systems from George Washington University and his MBA in General Management from Georgetown University. Additionally, Piersol received two master’s certifications in IT Governance and Managing Technical Organizations and Teams.

Howard University. She then completed a Certificate in General Dentistry at Howard University Hospital, and Certificate and Master of Science in Prosthodontics, at Georgetown University. She is a Diplomate, in the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists, and a Fellow in the American College of Dentists.

On Beat with @HUPrez17 HOMECOMING WEEK is approaching us (October 22-28, 2018). The EUPHORIA theme was selected and

chosen by students in a campus-wide electronic vote. Howard University students have a long tradition of playing a significant role in the Homecoming planning process, and we are proud of their innovation and engagement. THE OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES Launched its Customer Service Initiative last month. These trainings

were informed by a series of employee focus group sessions convened by the Office of Human Resources (OHR) and the Office of the President earlier this summer that highlighted the benefits of improved levels of customer service.

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