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Howard, a Leader in Doctoral Education, Awards 96 Ph.D. Degrees

WASHINGTON (May 11, 2013) -- Howard University is one of the nation’s leading research extensive doctoral universities. This year, as it has for 47 years, it continues to play a unique role in the production of doctoral recipients, especially African Americans, who populate the faculties of colleges, universities, public and private research centers and institutes.

Howard’s 2013 graduating class included 96 Ph.D. recipients, maintaining the University’s role since 1996 as the producer of the most on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients in the United States.

Howard President Sidney A. Ribeau said doctoral education and research are cornerstones of his vision for the University.

“Since its founding in 1867, Howard has served as a national leader in educating populations that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education,” Ribeau said.  “Without Howard University’s contribution to the production of doctoral recipients among African Americans and other under-represented populations, our nation’s strategic goal of significantly enhanced diversity in higher education and the research community would be much more difficult to achieve.”

This year, 16 of the doctoral recipients are in Engineering and the Physical Sciences, 31 in the Arts and Humanities, 25 in the Biological and Life Sciences and 24 in the Social Sciences. 

Those numbers reflect Howard’s sustained commitment to providing academic and research training to doctoral students in the arts and humanities, social sciences and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Since its founding, Howard has been at the forefront of educating students and sending them forward to provide leadership and service for our nation and the global community.  The University currently offers 28 Ph.D. degree programs. 

Since awarding its first doctoral degree in 1958, Howard University has prepared many outstanding African Americans and students from other underrepresented groups for the professoriate and careers in scientific and research communities.  In doing so, it helped define and build our nation and shape its search for new knowledge and solutions to national and global problems.  It led the effort to create the current professional class among African Americans and consolidate the foundation of our democracy.  

Howard’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, who received his M.D. and MBA from Howard, observed that Howard’s efforts towards doctoral education must not only continue, but be strengthened.

 “The diversity that fuels our nation’s scholarly and professional community, that drives innovation and creativity and helps us achieve our democratic ideal, is indispensable and must be enhanced,” Frederick said. 


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