Georgia Tech #1 for Black Engineers
More evidence to suggest that majority white colleges and universities are becoming more effective at education African American students:
Exduco.net reports that during the 2005 – 2006 school year Georgia Tech was the top producer of African American engineers in the United States, graduating 120 Black students from their undergrad engineering program. This figure represents a slight increase over the previous school year, when 117 African Americans completed bachelor’s degrees in this field.
During the same school year, Georgia Tech was also the number one producer of Black engineering Ph.D.s, with 11 Afrfican American students completing their doctorates, up from 4 during the previous year.
The Exduco.net article also lists the other top producers of Black engineers, at both the undergraduate and doctoral levels:
Other top five degree producers at the undergraduate level include North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Southern University and A&M College and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Other top five producers of African-American doctoral engineering graduates include Morgan State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Florida and North Carolina A&T State University.
Georgia Tech faculty and administrators attribute their success at both recruiting and retaining African American engineers to strong co-curricular programs aimed at both drawing strong Black students to engineering and supporting those African Americans who pursue degrees in that field.
In particular, I would like to call attention to the FACES program (at http://www.faces.gatech.edu/2007/), which encourages undergraduate engineers to consider doctoral study and careers in academe, and the FOCUS program (http://www.focus.gatech.edu/friends/), which encourages high school students with and interest in math and science and undergraduates in engineering to pursue further study in this field.
Kudos to Georgia Tech! When it comes to Black students in engineering this institution definitely “gets it.” While pundits and think tanks debate the value of affirmative action and ethnic diversity as though Black college success is an as-yet unproven abstraction, universities like Georgia Tech proceed with a belief in the ability of all students to reach their academic goals.
Posted by Ajuan Mance