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Howard Ranks Among Top 10 in Producing African American Doctoral Graduates in Natural Sciences, Engineering Disciplines

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WASHINGTON (October 6, 2010) – A recent report released by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, “U.S. Must Involve Underrepresented Minorities in Science and Engineering to Maintain Competitive Edge,” ranks Howard University second among the top 10 baccalaureate institutions that awarded African Americans doctoral degrees in the natural sciences and engineering (NS&E) from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) for the period of 2002-2006. It also lists Howard among the top 25 baccalaureate institutions that awarded African Americans doctoral degrees in the NS&E from an HBCU or a non-HBCU.

Howard ranked second behind Florida A&M University. The top ten includes Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Southern University at Baton Rouge, Xavier University of Louisiana, Tuskegee University and Morgan State University.
Last year, a report by the National Science Foundation ranked Howard first as the producer of the highest number of African-American bachelor’s degree recipients who completed science and engineering doctoral degrees nationally. The 2009 report, “Role of HBCUs as Baccalaureate-Origin Institutions of Black S&E Doctorate Recipients,” examined educational trends over the past two decades and compared private and public schools and HBCUs with non-HBCU institutions to determine how many of their students later earned doctoral degrees in science and engineering fields.

The recent study found that minorities are the fastest growing groups in the U.S. population, but the most underrepresented in science and technology careers. The recommendations from the current report build on a landmark 2005 publication “Rising Above the Gathering Storm,” that urged improvements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels as part of a larger plan to bolster the U.S. scientific and technological leadership.

The report recommends a number of ways to create an ongoing comprehensive approach to encourage underrepresented minorities to pursue science and engineering degrees. To read the full report, please visit the National Academy of Sciences website. The subscription is free.
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