Centers and Institutes

eNotice - July 2012

Latest Research

Dr. Flowers co-authored a book chapter titled, “In the Pursuit of Excellence: Examining the Effects of Racial Identity on African American College Students’ Academic Orientations” in the book, African American Students in Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement. The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of racial identity on college campuses among African American students.

Scholarly Presentations

Cindy Roper presented an academic poster titled, “The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act Ten Years Later: African American Students and Disparities in Teacher Quality across South Carolina Public Schools” on April 19 at the HEHD Research Forum at Clemson University. This presentation highlighted data showing the extent to which African American students were enrolled in classes with highly-qualified teachers.

Dr. Flowers presented quantitative research findings at the 2012 Excellence in Urban Education National Symposium in San Diego, California. The aim of this presentation was to describe the impact of STEM students’ perceptions of their academic and career orientations in secondary and postsecondary educational institutions.

Starlett Craig, Director of the Office of Academic Excellence, discussed the benefits of study abroad at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 64th Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas. The purpose of this presentation was to describe the positive impact of study abroad experiences on diverse and underrepresented students, faculty, and community leaders.

Outreach and Service

The Charles H. Houston Center offered its annual Palmetto Ph.D. Project on May 18 and June 2, 9, and 16. The primary goal of the Palmetto Ph.D. Project was to encourage and prepare prospective students to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of education.

The Charles H. Houston Center’s Office of Academic Excellence implemented The SAT Boot Camp. This summer camp was designed to increase SAT scores, access to financial aid, and college enrollment for high school students in South Carolina.

The Charles H. Houston Center hosted the Clemson Career Workshop. This program enabled high school students to participate in a recruitment and academic development experience at Clemson University.

Noteworthy News

The Charles H. Houston Center’s Office of Academic Excellence received a $1,000 gift from the IBM Corporation. The donation will be used to enhance the Charles H. Houston Center's SAT Boot Camp.

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