The university won a 5-year grant with University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to create a Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities for minorities, which adds to its research capacity and a 7-year grant with John Hopkins University for the two institution's partnership for Gerontological Research. In 2007, Shaw created a foreign exchange program with Northwestern University for Nationalities of the (People's Republic of China) and Xian University of Science and Technology, the first program established between an American and a Chinese institution since 1978.
The university offers undergraduate degrees in fields including natural science, business and accounting, religion and philosophy, and education and computer science. Shaw University offers various graduate programs such as the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Religious Education and the Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Instruction.
Shaw University has the following colleges and centers: Center for Prostate Research; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Institute for Health, Social, and Community Research; College of Business and Technology, Center for Early Childhood Education, Research and Development; the Center for Biostatistics and Data Management; Shaw University Social Gerontology Institute for Minorities; the Center for Survey Research for the Social Sciences; the College of Professional and Graduate Studies; and the Shaw University Divinity School.
In 2004, the university's president, Rev. Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, integrated a series of ethical classes into the core curriculm to help students build moral choices. Every student is required to take Ethics 100 (Foundation of Knowledge and Ethics), Ethics 200 (Political Philosophy and Societal Issues), and Ethics 300 (Professional Ethics). Also in 2004, Shaw University (N.C.) received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the development of an Upward Bound Program, to serve low-income students of Edgecombe County, N.C. The program's aim is to provide students with tools needed to become successful throughout their tenure in secondary education and subsequently achieve success in a program of postsecondary education.
|The General Baptist State Convention instituted "Shaw Day" to commemmorate Shaw's founding and commitment of the school's motto, "Pro Christo Et Humanitate," ("For Christ and Humanity").|
Shaw also has a Chapel Seminar as a prerequisite. It is conducted by the Dean of the Thomas J. Boyd Chapel. The C.A.S.E.S. Program, or Cultural and Spiritual Enrichment Seminar, is a two-year program that teaches religious and cultural imperatives to cultivate individuals' capacity for moral choice. A variety of speakers address undergraduates in their first two years. Lectures are also open to the community.
To expand its programs for adult education, Shaw University has established the College of Adult and Professional Education (CAPE). The CAPE centers provide professional education in other cities of North Carolina including Greenville, Kannapolis, High Point, Rocky Mount, Ahoskie, Fayetteville, Durham, Wilmington, and Asheville. With students at these centers, Shaw University has become one of the largest HBCUs in the state of North Carolina.
As of 2007, Shaw's enrollment has increased to 3,700 students.
|Dr. Henry Martin Tupper||1865-1893||First/Founder|
|Dr. Charles Francis Meserve||1894-1919||Second|
|Dr. Joseph Leishman Peacock||1920-1931||Third|
|Dr. William Stuart Nelson||1931-1936||Fourth|
|Dr. Robert Prentiss Daniel||1936-1950||Fifth|
|Dr. William Russell Strassner||1951-1962||Sixth|
|Dr. James Edward Cheek*||1963-1969||Seventh|
|Dr. King Vergil Cheek*||1969-1971||Eighth|
|Dr. J. Archie Hargraves||1971-1977||Ninth|
|Dr. John Lucas*||1981-1987||Eleventh|
|Dr. Talbert O. Shaw||1988-2002||Twelfth|
|Dr. Clarence G. Newsome||2003-present||Thirteenth|
It was renamed Shaw Collegiate Institute after Elijah Shaw, benefactor of Shaw Hall, the first building constructed for the college. In 1875, it became Shaw University. In 1873, Estey Hall was erected for female students, making it the first such dormitory in the U.S. on a coeducational campus. The Leonard Medical School was founded in 1881 as the first four-year medical school in the South to train black doctors and pharmacists. It was also the first medical school in North Carolina to offer a four-year curriculum and operated until 1918. Given their importance in the education of African Americans, both Estey Hall and Leonard Hall have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Education was seen by freedmen as among their most critical needs. In many 19th century communities, the roles of minister and teacher were closely allied, and Shaw's teaching had a strong spiritual base. Shaw University trained many of the new teachers who taught African Americans in the South after the Civil War. They worked for a profound cause, the advancement of their race. Northern white teachers also came to the area to teach. Newly free adults and children eagerly sought to learn to read and write. Most southern states imposed segregated schools by the late 1870s.
African-American teachers nurtured their students and were part of their communities, acting as role models to encourage children to seek an education. By 1900, more than 30,000 black teachers had been trained and put to work in the Southern United States, and the majority of African Americans had become literate.
Shaw University has been called the mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina, as North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University all had founding presidents who were Shaw alumni. The founder of Livingstone College spent his first two college years at Shaw before transferring to Lincoln University. What became North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was located on Shaw's campus during its first year.
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began at a conference held at Shaw University and led by Ella Baker in 1960. SNCC was created to coordinate activities among numerous civil rights groups, to coordinate sit-ins (such as those that had taken place in Greensboro, North Carolina), and to support civil rights leaders and publicize their activities. SNCC played a strong role in Freedom Summer and the voter registration drives in Mississippi during 1964 and 1965.
With Shaw's retirement, other new initiatives continued under the new president. The university grew into a thirty-three building campus in the heart of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina (not including the ten satellite campuses). As a Social Research Institution, Shaw enhanced the student curriculum, rennovated most of the historic district of the campus, established two additional libraries, the G. Franklin Wiggins Library at the Shaw University Divinity School (SUDS) and the Talbert O. Shaw Education Library. A dual degree programs in Engineering and Dentistry with North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was created in 2007. The university also approved the creation of the pre-med program which was accredited by the American Medical Association.
In 2005, SUDS received a 10-year accreditation from the Association for Theological Schools. In 2005, construction began on the Center for Early Childhood Education, Research and Development. In that same year, Shaw University partnered with the State of North Carolina and John Hopkins University for an institute for research on the impact of current health legislation on the elderly. In 2006, the university partnered with the City of Raleigh to create a Citizens' Participation and Leadership Institute, to encourage civic engagement and cultivate leadership throughout the city.
|Following a donation from the King of Saudi Arabia, Shaw University built a Moslem mosque in the International Studies Center on Shaw University's Campus for Muslim students.|
Shaw University is also a member of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC) Program. This intercollegiate program is a consortium to pool resources of courses and programs, material, and professors for the sake of providing effective education to all the students. The participating colleges are Shaw University, North Carolina State University, Saint Augustine's College, Wake Technical Community College, Peace College, and Meredith College.
Shaw University led a research study to investigate why no black veterans of WWII had been awarded the Medal of Honor. The study concluded that racial discrimination had contributed to the military's overlooking the contributions of black soldiers. The 272-page study recommended ten soldiers whose military records suggested they deserved the Medal of Honor.
In January 1995, the team’s findings were sent to the U.S. Department of Defense. In April 1996, the department agreed that seven of the ten soldiers should be awarded the Medal of Honor. All ten had been awarded other medals during the war years. President Bill Clinton awarded the Medals of Honor on January 13, 1997.
The department's decision in response to Shaw's study marked only the third time that the military re-evaluated military records to award the Medal of Honor. Only one of the seven nominees, 1st Lt. Vernon Baker of St. Maries, Idaho, was alive to receive his medal. Those who were awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously were: 1st Lt. Charles L. Thomas of Detroit, Michigan; Pvt. George Watson of Birmingham, Alabama; Staff Sgt. Edward A. Carter Jr. of Los Angeles, California; 1st Lt. John R. Fox of Boston, Massachusetts; Pfc. Willy F. James Jr. of Kansas City, Kansas; and Staff Sgt. Ruben Rivers of Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
In 2002, Shaw University's men's basketball team won the CIAA championship. Also the lady's basketball team, won the 2008 CIAA championship. The football team, reestablished by Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, plays at the Durham Co. Memorial Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. It won the CIAA football championship in 2004 and 2008.
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