Black Degree Attainments in Engineering: Long Way to Go to Reach Parity

ASEEA report from the American Society for Engineering Education shows that the percentage of all bachelor’s degree in engineering earned by African Americans has declined in recent years. In 2005, Black earned 5.3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering. In 2012, Blacks earned only 4.2 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in the discipline.

Women earned 23.6 percent of all bachelor’s degree in engineering awarded to African Americans. In contrast, women were awarded 17.4 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in engineering earned by White Americans.

During the 2012-13 academic year, North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro awarded 162 bachelor’s degrees in engineering to African Americans. This was, by a large margin, the most of any university in the country. Georgia Tech was in second place with 109. The only other university with more than 75 engineering bachelor’s degrees was historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The news is slightly better in graduate degree awards in engineering. From 2005 to 2012, the percentage of all doctoral degrees in engineering awarded to Blacks increased from 3.7 percent to 4.1 percent. For master’s degrees in engineering, the Black percentage of total degree awards increased only slightly from 4.6 percent to 4.7 percent during the period.

The full report, Engineering by the Numbers by Brian L. Yoder, may be downloaded by clicking here.

Related Articles


Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs