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Frank Matthews has devoted his entire professional career to issues involving higher education.
He is Co-Founder of Cox, Matthews and Associates which is a 30 year old educational publishing and communications company.
He is the Founding Publisher of Black Issues in Higher Education which in August 2005 grew to become Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Matthews also is a member of the faculty of George Mason University where he has been affiliated for the past 30 years, teaching both in the Law School and School of Business Administration.
In July 1988, Matthews was named Senior Scholar in the Center for Policy Studies in Education at George Mason University.
In his position as Assistant Senior Vice President and legal advisor for George Mason University, he was responsible for employment, regulatory and diversity matters that confronted the University during its period of rapid expansion.
Matthews has been active in many professional, civic and scholarly organizations, including past President of the American Business Law Association (Mid Atlantic Region).
He sits or has sat on the Boards of the Citizens Bank of Virginia, Resources for the Future, The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, the Clemson University Honors College, and Blacks in Philanthropy, as well as many other educational and civic groups.
was recently inducted into the Writers' Hall of Fame
contributions in publishing.
In 1971, he received the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University.
He subsequently earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina in 1976.
During Clemson's centennial celebration, the College of Liberal Arts and the Black Alumni Council
as one of their most distinguished alumni.
GreenvilleOnline.com - Clemson to offer mentors for minorities in pre-med, pre-law
The number of black students admitted to medical and law schools declined this year as schools suspended or curtailed affirmative action programs while awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court's summer decision on admissions at the University of Michigan, said Frank Matthews, a Clemson graduate who is publisher of Black Issues in Higher Education and a law professor at George Mason University.
The trend could continue in coming years while medical, law and graduate schools "fashion their own admissions criteria" and lower courts determine "what is an acceptable application of that courts ruling," he
Clemson's mentoring programs are similar to what some historically black colleges and universities - notably Xavier University of Louisiana - have done for years, Matthews
said.Xavier sends more than 100 black graduates to medical schools every year and has "carved out a niche" to attract top students from across the country.
"If Clemson can carve out a competitive niche, they can get those sharp students who know early on they want to go to medical school, they want to go to law school, they want to be doctors, they want to be lawyers, they want to get Ph.D.s in biomedical research," Matthews
Frank Matthews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Black Issues in Higher Education, is a bit more direct in his advice to African-American parents and their children.
There's no substitute for doing your homework about the campuses you're seriously considering, says Matthews
, warning that parents and students can get caught up in the nostalgia of HBCUs
"Know the reputation of those campuses in the community, among employers, and the general population," he
urges applicants to do the basic research about graduation, retention, and placement rates.
"Every student wrestles with this issue-some more than others," comments Frank Matthews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Black Issues in Higher Education.
daughter was deciding among institutions "everyone had opinions," he
says, noting that the quandary she
faced was a positive dilemma.
"Any time you have options and choices, that's good," he
Others see it as an opportunity to be challenged and faced with some real things," counsels Matthews
At majority institutions, black students often don't mix with white students very much anyway, points out Matthews
According to him, the fact that there really isn't a substantive cross-cultural environment on many TWI campuses is something administrators haven't come to grips with.
"African-American students at majority institutions often segregate themselves to find a safe harbor," he
, who was one of the first black students to attend Clemson University
in South Carolina, says that African Americans in the 1960s and 1970s were acutely aware that they were walking into a hostile environment on majority campuses.
contends that many of today's high school students have been, for the most part, protected from racism and don't realize what they might encounter.
Concludes Frank Matthews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Black Issues in Higher Education, "HBCUs must continue to be a viable option for us.
8/8/01 -- Eyeing Campus Diversity -- Education Week
Frank L. Matthews , the publisher and editor in chief of Black Issues In Higher Education , a national newsmagazine based in Fairfax , Va. , says that percent- based admissions plans fail to address the real problem : persistent segregation in secondary education , where large proportions of minority students attend schools that lack resources and opportunities equal to those in most majority- white schools.
Black kids are still going to schools that are predominately black , Matthews
says.As long as we perpetuate segregated housing patterns and segregated high schools , you will have an outcome where the black kid or the Hispanic kid who graduates in the top 10 percent of the class is unfortunately coming from a school that is inferior.That is the part of this no one wants to admit..
The underlying question that has to be addressed , Matthews
argues , is whether you can solve a racial problem without a racial solution..
Plans Have Broad Appeal
In California , the regents of the 170 , 000-student University of California system
voted in 1995 to phase out affirmative action in admissions , and a year later voters passed Proposition 209 , a ballot measure that barred the use of race as a factor for hiring or admissions at any state institution.
In an effort to provide more pathways of college access to a diverse range of students , the UC regents last year guaranteed a spot at one of the university system's 10 campuses to students who graduated in the top 4 percent of their high school classes.Students must apply individually to a specific campus.
...Frank L. Matthews ,Publisher and Editorin Chief ,Black Issues in Higher Education
Welcome to AIMD - 3rd Annual Pursuing the Promise of Diversity Summit and Awards Luncheon
Frank Mathews - Co-Publisher and Editor and Chief, Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine