FAIRFIELD, Ala. – Miles College has recently announced an increased in total enrollment this fall by 4%, the College’s second consecutive enrollment increase since 2019. Miles College simultaneously welcomed 519 new students this semester, a 7% increase from 2020. The incoming class boasted a 3.07 average GPA, one of the highest among all new classes to date.

The College enrolled 126 transfer students for the fall 2021-2022 academic year, an increased of 50% from the 2020 school year. The phenomenal single-year, double-digit percentage enrollment increase culminated in a final fall 2021 enrollment count of 1,501 students at Greater Birmingham’s only four-year historically black college or university (HBCU). This increase brings total enrollment above 1,500 for the first time since 2017.

Additionally, the College deplayed an aggressive campaign to engage students who had their education disrupted for various reasons. In collaboration with Regions Foundation, this campaign resulted in Miles College re-enrolling 132 students returning to Miles College after disruption of at least a year of non-continuous enrollment. A total increase of 132% from 2020.

“This is a true testament to the work that our enrollment management team is doing to have this type of growth and success for the second year in a row,” said Bobbie Knight, Miles College President. “I am extremely proud of the hard work that we are doing at Miles College to ensure that we continue to recruit, retain, and educate our amazing students.”

Miles College has focused on improving its programs and processes to ensure student success. Despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Miles College was very aggressive with its recruiting tactics.

“Guided by our strategic planning efforts, we’re leading the way in Alabama and nationally in our efforts to remove barriers to provide a global, high-quality educational experience for all of our students,” said Michael A. Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “It’s been an incredibly challenging year, but we’re seeing very positive trends in key areas, from our freshman enrollment growth to our community partnerships, much like the articulation agreement signed with Lawson State Community College last spring and we look forward to continuing to leverage these partnerships to enhance opportunities for our students.”

About Miles College
Miles College, founded in 1898, is a primer liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community. Miles, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). For more information, visit www.miles.edu.

BATON ROUGE, LA – Southern University and A&M College continues to enjoy significant enrollment growth that now spans over the past five years. For the fall 2021 semester, a preliminary total of 7,404 students are currently enrolled at the flagship campus of the Southern University System. This is an overall increase of seven percent from the fall semester of 2020 and a particularly noteworthy 17 percent increase in the number of the first-time freshmen currently attending the institution. These number include both undergraduate and graduate students.

This steady increase in enrollment is an obvious testament that Southern University continues to stand as a premier institution of higher learning,” said Ray L. Benton, president-chancellor of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University and A&M College. “It is also a testament that students look to Southern to create and continue legacies that positively impact their families and communities.”

While Southern continues to have a majority enrollment of Black students, enrollment has also increased from fall 2020 among several other racial and ethnic groups. This includes an 75 percent increase in students of Asian descent, a 25 percent increase in students of Native American or Alaskan Indian descent, and a 15 percent increase in student of Hispanic descent.

Student come from 40 states in the U.S., including Louisiana, with 63 parishes represented. Nearly 30 countries are also represented in this fall class. With the given enrollment growth, Southern is well-positioned for target goal attainment as indicated in the campus strategic plan.

Southern was recently named among the top 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

About Southern University and A&M College
The mission of Southern University and A&M College, an Historically Black, 1890 land-grant institution, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is to provide a student-focused teaching and learning environment that creates global leadership opportunities for a diverse student population where teaching, research, service, scholarly and creative expectation for students and faculty are achieved through the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs offered at the institution via different instructional modalities and via public service. For more information, visit www.subr.edu.

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BOWIE, MD – Bowie State University (BSU) has appointed a two-time alumna Dr. Shirelle Briscoe (’88 ’91) as the new assistant vice president for transfer and general student advocacy.

Dr. Briscoe will help to smooth the transition of transfer students to BSU and facilitate their success in completing their course of study. Working closely with Admissions and Academic Affairs on transfer student communications, she will act as a liaison with academic colleges and departments, as well as other student support services. She will be a resource person for transfer and other students to connect them to the many support services available to them at the university and beyond.

She will also be charged with advocating for the general student population to smooth issues that are no resolved through the designated channels and educating students about the appropriate ways to resolve concerns with other campus units. In this unique student advocacy role, Dr. Briscole will serve as a member of a BSU group tracking and guiding at-risk students through issues that might hinder their successful and timely graduation.

“Throughout her time at Bowie State, Dr. Briscoe has demonstrated a deep devotion to promoting the success of our students and has problem-solving skills that will serve the students well in her new position,” said Provost Carl Goodman.

Dr. Briscoe joins the Division of Enrollment Management team after successfully serving as the assistant vice president for undergraduate studies in the Division of Academic Affairs. She was previously a member of the faculty of the Department of Communications and the Department of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development. Before that, she taught in the School of Education at Howard University.

She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master’s degree in organizational communication and a bachelor’s degree in business management and pre-law, both from Bowie State University.

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About Bowie State University
Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information, visit www.bowiestate.edu.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Former Chicago State University President, Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr., has been appointed as the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Strategic Magtriculant Services at Edward Waters College (EWC). Dr. Calhoun will begin serving, effective September 10, 2018, as the College’s chief enrollment management strategist and architect. He will be responsible for providing greater coordination, and analytical rigor to every phase of the overall operational recruitment, enrollment, retention, and persistence of EWC students in support of the institution’s aspirations to achieve both heightened student success and greater enrollment growth.

According to an press release by the university, as an accomplished administrator and academician with a higher education career spanning 20 plus years, Dr. Calhoun is the former President of Chicago State University and most recently served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement at Kentucky State University. He formerly held posts as Vice President for Enrollment Management, Interim Provost, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama (UNA). Prior to his leadership at UNA, Dr. Calhoun served as Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services at the University of Washington College of Engineering.

“We are delighted to welcome such a seasoned and demonstrably effective higher education leader of the caliber of Dr. Calhoun to our venerable collegiate community here at Edward Waters College,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.

“Dr. Calhoun’s high acumen and expertise in leading this very critical area of expanded focus for EWC will serve to principally enhance the development and implementation of innovative and effective support models aimed at promoting our student’s overall success leading to future enrollment growth for our institution,” President Faison continued.

As an academician and member of the faculty, Dr. Calhoun was a laboratory technician in the Biology Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he taught experimental laboratory methods in molecular biology. He subsequently directed a science and technology program at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and later served as principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, principal at Hales Franciscan High School, and headmaster at St. Gregory Episcopal School.

“I am inspired by President Faison’s tremendous and transformational vision for the future of Edward Waters College and an enthusiastic to join in support of his leadership,” said Calhoun. “It is equally thrilling to have the opportunity to serve in partnership with the stellar community of administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni of Edward Waters in support of the outstanding students at EWC.”

Dr. Calhoun earned his bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University in Philosophy and Biology, a master’s of science degree from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s of arts degree in educational administration from the University of Chicago, and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership from the University of Washington.

Dr. Calhoun is an ordained itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has lectured and preached extensively around the country, and has served as associate minister at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, GA, Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, IL, First AME Church in Seattle, WA, Greater St. Paul AME Church in Florence, AL, and St. John AME Church in Frankfort, KY. He holds a master of divinity degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.