Southern University is the sixth highest
producer of African-Americans with undergraduate degrees in engineering in the
country, according to a new report by a national education magazine.
The magazine also found that when all of
the education disciplines it surveyed are combined, Southern is the ninth
highest producer of African-Americans with bachelor degrees in the country.
The results are published in the June 10
edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The information, the magazine
said, is based on bachelor’s degrees awarded to students of color in academic
According to the Fairfax, Virginia-based
magazine, the data for the analysis "are collected by the National
Center for Education Statistics from
postsecondary institutions as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education
In the area of engineering, the report said
Southern awarded 58 undergraduate degrees to African-American students in
engineering during 2008-2009, placing Southern in sixth place. That number
placed Southern ahead of schools such as Florida
Howard University, Michigan State University, Jackson State
University and LSU.
HBCUs, such as Southern, were five of the
top six producers of African-Americans with baccalaureates in engineering.
The report lists the standings of schools
that are graduating African-Americans in a number of disciplines, such as
social sciences, history, business management, marketing and related support
services, education and others. When all of the disciplines are combined,
Southern graduated 852 African-American students during the 2008-2009 year,
placing the university in 9th place among all schools in the nation, according
to the survey.
Southern’s 9th place ranking placed the
school ahead of several HBCUs, including, Hampton University, Texas Southern
University, Morehouse College, Tennessee State University, Prairie View
University and Morgan State University.
"This, coupled with our Top Tier ranking
among HBCUs by U.S. News and World Report magazine, illustrates that Southern
University continues to be among the leaders in producing high quality,
committed and capable graduates who go on to serve in leadership roles in
Louisiana and throughout the country,” Southern Chancellor Kofi Lomotey said.
"With the staggering state budget cuts we
have endured and still face today, we will be challenged to maintain our
standing in the education community,” Lomotey said. "But Southern has faced
daunting obstacles before and has succeeded. Our students, faculty, staff and
alumni will get us through again.”
Historically Black Colleges
and Universities accounted for six of the top 10 producers of African-American
The report also showed that Southern
-25th in the number of biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate
degrees awarded to African-Americans.
-33rd in business management, marketing and
related support services undergraduate degrees awarded to African-Americans.
-29th in education undergraduate degrees
awarded to African-Americans.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education pointed
out that the number of degrees conferred is closely related to the size of the
institutions. As such, the largest universities, such as Arizona
State and The Ohio State universities
and the universities in Central Florida, Florida and Texas, top the overall numbers. "However,
these institutions generally do not lead our Top 100 counts for students of
color. None of them appear in the top 10 for degrees conferred to