Doctoral Degree Awards by HBCUs in 2013

graduation_cap_and_diploma-2091As reported earlier in JBHE, the National Science Foundation recently released its annual report on doctoral degree recipients in the United States. The annual Survey of Earned Doctorates reports that 2,167 African Americans earned doctorates in 2013.

The report shows that 396 doctorates were awarded by historically Black colleges and universities in 2013. Howard University in Washington, D.C., led the HBCUs, granting 96 doctoral degrees in 2013. Jackson State University in Mississippi ranked second with 68 doctoral degree awards. No other HBCUs awarded more than 30 doctorates in 2013.

Among the HBCUs that awarded 20 or more doctorates in 2013 were North Carolina A&T State University, Southern University in Louisiana, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, and Texas Southern University.

All told, 20 HBCUs awarded doctoral degrees in 2013. It must be noted that in all probability not all doctoral degrees awarded by HBCUs went to African Americans. But the data does not break down the doctoral degree awards from HBCUs by race or ethnic group.

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  1. Morgan’s official award figure for 2013 is 33. This also is what the IPEDS website shows. The figure for this study is based on the number of responses received in the national survey of doctoral degree recipients. This is not a complete total and is probably not for most campuses. The IPEDS web site is the best source for rankings because it does not depend on the response rate to a survey. As Dr. Wilt noted above, Morgan awarded over 50 doctorates for FY2014. However, FY2013 data is the basis for thie study above.

  2. This half-witted study should have as equally examined and included the number of doctoral students who decided to discontinue their doctoral studies for various reasons(i.e., lack of adequate funding, Departmental political chicanery, and definitely ideological differences). My point is, entirely too many HBCUs are mired in perfunctory behavior along with intense and unwarranted nepotism that it impedes its capacity to produce significant more number of PhDs. More important, HBCUs should be dutifully ashamed for not supporting native born Black males at the doctoral level as compared to how it support non-native born Black PhD students. HBCUs are providing more opportunities for non-Blacks from faculty, key administrative positions, and even awarded contracts.

    In my view, this type of neoliberal and inverted multiculturalism as being embraced by these so-called Black HBCU administrators’ is clearly in violation of (our) communal laws and in direct conflict of the “true mission” of HBCUs(e.g., to educate and employ native born Blacks to solve problems for our community). For those who dissent, I would venture in saying that when HWCUs began to increase the numbers of native born Black faculty, award contracts to Black owned company, then we can have some substantive dialogue about HBCUs

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