Texas Southern University in Houston has announced that it has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer two new degree programs. This spring, the university will begin a bachelor’s degree program in civil engineering. In the fall of 2015, a new bachelor’s degree program in computer and electrical engineering will be offered.
James W. Ward, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs observed that “societal needs call for greater diversity within the engineering profession. Historically, African Americans have been severely underrepresented in the engineering fields so consequently there is a dire need to implement more academic programs that will attract, nurture and graduate more African Americans in the engineering disciplines. Our two new degree programs will contribute to stemming the tide of constant decline in the number of degrees awarded to minorities and African American students in civil, electrical and computer engineering.”
Dr. Ward is a graduate of Texas Southern University. He holds a master’s degree from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit.