African Americans Making Slow Progress in Engineering Degree Attainments

A new report from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities offers a wealth of date on degree attainments in engineering disciplines by students from underrepresented groups.

The report found that Blacks earned 3.9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in engineering in 2016. They received 2.2 percent of all master’s degrees awarded in engineering fields and 1.9 percent of all Ph.D.s in engineering that year.

There is good news to report. The number of Blacks earning bachelor’s degrees in engineering was up more than 34 percent from 2011 to 2016. There was a similar increase in engineering doctorates. But the number of master’s degrees in engineering earned by African Americans was up only 6.2 percent from 2011 to 2016.

The report also noted that North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, awarded more bachelor’s degrees in engineering to Blacks than any other college or university. A total of 153 bachelor’s degrees in engineering were awarded to Blacks at the university in 2016. The only other college or university to award more than 100 bachelor’s degrees in engineering to African Americans that year was the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Other colleges and universities that awarded more than 60 bachelor’s degrees in engineering to African Americans in 2016 were Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Tuskegee University in Alabama, the University of Central Florida, and North Carolina State University.

The full report, The 2018 Status Report on Engineering Education: A Snapshot of Diversity in Degrees Conferred in Engineering, my 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

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

American Students Studying Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

In the 2021-22 academic year, there were 4,614 American students who studied at universities in sub-Saharan Africa. This is about one tenth of the number of students from sub-Saharan Africa studying at U.S. universities.

Marcus L. Thompson Named the Thirteenth President of Jackson State University

Dr. Thompson has more than 20 years of leadership experience in early childhood, K-12 education, and higher education. He has been serving as the deputy commissioner and chief administrative officer of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, where for over a decade he has been responsible for overseeing IHL staff.

U.S. Public Schools Remain Separate and Unequal

Approximately 522,400 students, or 1 percent of overall student enrollment, attended public schools where fewer than half of the teachers met all state certification requirements. Of the students attending those schools, 66 percent were Black and Latino students.

Featured Jobs