Engineering 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:
- 4. Ashford University
- 5. Georgia State University
- 6. Howard University
- 7. Jackson State University
- 8. AmericanIntercontinental University
- 9. Temple University
- 10. University of Memphis
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.