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N.C. A&T ranked highly in engineering graduates and several other undergraduate disciplines

Diverse magazine's Top 100 Degree Producers logoEngineering isn’t the only discipline in which N.C. A&T leads the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African Americans. The university is also first in two other disciplines, second in two and in the top 12 in seven more. It ranks second in the total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans, up from third last year.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks the “Top 100 Degree Producers” each year, based on the universities’ reports to the U.S. Department of Education. This year’s lists reflect figures for the 2009-10 academic year.

This year’s rankings for A&T undergraduate degree programs:

  • 1st: Engineering; engineering technologies and engineering-related fields; and parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies.
  • 2nd: Communication, journalism, and related programs; and marketing.
  • 3rd: Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences.
  • 5th: Accounting and related services; visual and performing arts.
  • 8th: Psychology.
  • 9th: Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities.
  • 11th: Family and consumer sciences/human sciences.
  • 12th: Computer and information sciences and support services.

In overall bachelor’s degree totals for African Americans, the university ranks second to the online University of Phoenix.  A&T passed Florida A&M University this year, as FAMU fell to third with a 12 percent drop in total bachelor’s degrees to African Americans.

The rest of the top 10:

Phoenix, Ashford and AmericanIntercontinental — which are entirely online or have large online programs — all posted dramatic increases in bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans.

Campus media note: College Radio Day

A note worth knowing from the Winston-Salem Journal:

Stations from Wake Forest University, UNC Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University will be among those participating today in College Radio Day, a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of college radio in the community. There will be special programming, prize giveaways and more. For details, visit www.collegeradioday.com.

That’s WNAA, 90.1 FM, http://www.wnaafm.com/

Post-inauguration: Aggie Research on display

Board of Governors Chair Hanah D. Gage takes a close look at the N.C. A&T research exhibit at the reception following the inauguration.

Board of Governors Chair Hannah D. Gage takes a close look at the N.C. A&T research exhibit at the reception following the inauguration.

Two distinguished visitors linger over the Aggie Research exhibit at the post-inauguration reception.

Two distinguished visitors linger over the Aggie Research exhibit at the post-inauguration reception.

A&T hosts inauguration of Ross as president

The N.C. A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine leads the academic procession on its way to Corbett Sports Center.

The N.C. A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine leads the academic procession on its way to Corbett Sports Center

President Tom Ross arrives for his inauguration with N.C. House Speaker Pro Tem Dale Folwell (left) and UNC Board of Governors Chair Hannah D. Gage

President Tom Ross arrives for his inauguration with N.C. House Speaker Pro Tem Dale Folwell (left) and UNC Board of Governors Chair Hannah D. Gage

Relationship violence forum Wednesday

Poster for Domestic Violence Awareness Forum -- Wed Oct 5 2pm-5pm, Harrison Auditorium

An opportunity to learn about an issue that our students need to be more aware of.

N.C. A&T dean on diversity in higher education

“There are more undercurrents of resistance—and some of that has to do with the general political climate. The remedies that we thought were going to bring about greater access and greater diversity—those have now become quietly contentious. No one attacks them directly. There’s just an undertone that maybe we’ve done enough to become diverse, maybe we should just step back. The old arguments of meritocracy have resurfaced.”

– William B. Harvey, Dean, N.C. A&T School of Education

The September 25, 2011, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at diversity in higher education with two notable reports:

 

About that little earthquake we just had …

Did you feel that earthquake around 2 p.m.? The epicenter was in central Virginia; it registered 5.9 on the Richter scale.  Details are at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/c0005ild/us/index.html.  There’s also a form you can submit to report what you experienced.  The IRC trembled a bit, enough for everyone on the fourth floor to notice.

UNC presidential inauguration at A&T on Oct. 6

If you’re making any plans for Thursday, October 6, you might want to avoid the Alumni-Foundation Event Center Corbett Sports Center.  UNC system President Tom Ross has chosen N.C. A&T for his inauguration.  Time will be 10 a.m.  Location to be announced; best guess is probably the event center (Harrison seems a little small for the occasion).

UPDATE — Although the details haven’t been announced, the directions given for parking indicate that Corbett will be the location. Regardless, traffic is probably going to be problematic across most of the campus at least.

DORED wears blue today for men’s health

The DORED staff gathers for a group photo with everyone wearing blue to promote Men's Health Month

The DORED staff: Looking good in blue to promote men's health.

The Division of Research and Economic Development is wearing blue today to raise awareness of men’s health.  The effort is part of Men’s Health Month, a national event that coincides with the International Men’s Health Week observance, which is this week.

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. To learn more about Men’s Health Month, visit the event’s website.

(Special thanks to Boyce Collins of the ERC for taking our picture!)

The recession and education in North Carolina

What: “NC Works: Employment and Education” is a look at the impact of the historic recession on the state’s diverse communities and a discussion about the challenges and opportunities of the shift to a “new normal” in North Carolina’s economy.

When: Tuesday, May 10, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Cable channels 53 and 58 in Greensboro and Guilford County.  For other areas, go to www.open-net.tv and click on “Where’s OPEN/net.” A live stream of the program will be available on the website (click on the OPEN/net TV icon in the left margin).

Details: The program will feature a discussion of the role that education will play in the North Carolina’s recovery and in the economic landscape that lies ahead. Views can join in by calling 1 888 228-6736 or sending questions or comments by mail to open@doa.nc.gov.

Panelists: Leslie Boney, Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Engagement with the UNC System; Betty McGrath, Director of Labor Market Information with the Employment Security Commission; Sharon Morrissey, Chief Academic Officer for the N.C. Community College System; and Pat Phillips, Associate Dean with Davidson County Community College.

OPEN/net programs are produced by the N.C. Agency for Public Telecommunications.  They distributed live on N.C. cable networks.