ERIC Number: EJ705328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul-29
Reference Count: N/A
Is There a Doctorate in the House? With Such a Significant Shortfall of African Americans with PH.D.s in Science, Engineering and Technology, More HBCUs Are Taking on the Challenge of Offering the Terminal Degree
Black Issues in Higher Education, v21 n12 p26 Jul 2004
In the battle to increase the numbers of African American Ph.D.s in science, technology and engineering, the nation may just have a secret weapon: historically Black colleges and universities. The statement may sound improbable. After all, only a handful of the nation's HBCUs offer doctoral programs. And education has long been the field of choice for African Americans choosing to tread the doctoral path. But consider this nugget of information: In May 2004, North Carolina A&T State University graduated 21 newly minted doctors from the three programs that offer the Ph.D. degree--industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Twelve of the graduates were African American, a number that leaves the previous leaders in that area--Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities, which graduated four Ph.D.s each in 2002-2003--in the dust.
Descriptors: Engineering, Doctoral Programs, Black Colleges, African American Students, Doctoral Degrees, Sciences, Information Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina