Two prominent publications covering higher education have recently praised the quality of education at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" ranking and Black Issues in Higher Education have cited NJIT for all-round excellence as well as for high graduation rates for minority students studying technological fields.
“This year’s rankings have been especially gratifying,” said Joel S. Bloom, Ed.D., vice president for academic affairs and student services and dean of the Dorman Honors College. “We have been singled out for our continuing good work helping disadvantaged minority students. And for the second consecutive year we made the U.S. News ratings.”
NJIT ranked 117 out of 126 universities on the select U.S. News “top schools” ranking. There are nearly 600 such U.S. universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education, but the magazine does not rank all of them. NJIT's ranking ties it with Howard University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Oklahoma and the University of San Francisco.
The magazine uses expert opinion about program quality and statistical data that it says are reliable indicators of the quality of a school's research, faculty and students. Among the criteria used to score schools are the rate of students who graduate, class size, the student/faculty ratio and the class ranks and test scores of entering freshmen. In a separate study, the undergraduate engineering program at NJIT was rated 84th out of 115 ranked engineering schools.
Robert A. Altenkirch, Ph.D., president of NJIT, said he was pleased with NJIT’s ranking as one of the top schools in the nation.
"While the U.S. News & World Report ranking of universities may not derive from the most scientifically based survey methods,” Altenkirch said, “it is a popular one and conveys some useful information to the prospective student and the public. We are pleased to see NJIT placed solidly within the top group of national universities.”
In terms of diversity, Black Issues in Higher Education recently ranked NJIT among the nation’s leading schools for graduating African American, Asian and Hispanic students for 2001-2002.
“NJIT has been repeatedly recognized for being in the top ten percent in the nation for awarding baccalaureate degrees to minority African-American engineers,” said Bloom.
Two important programs help NJIT achieve the dual status of being nationally ranked without sacrificing a deep commitment to diversity, Bloom said. NJIT’s quality Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) allows the university to remain a top opportunity school, he added, as a result of the counseling, tutoring and scholarship services available to the EOP students at NJIT.
The Dorman Honors College at NJIT, with an enrollment of 650 students and an average SAT score of 1350, enables the school to compete for top students. And such high-caliber students help raise NJIT’s status in academic rankings such as the one produced by U.S. News.
This year, the magazine ranked NJIT 7th in the nation and 1st in New Jersey for awarding 19 master’s degrees in engineering (13 to men and 6 to women) to African- American students; 12th in the nation and first in New Jersey for 15 master’s degrees in engineering (11 to men and 4 to women) to Hispanic students; 15th in the nation and 1st in New Jersey for 29 master’s degrees (17 to men and 12 to women) to Asian Americans.
Undergraduate engineering at NJIT also demonstrated high numbers. This year, the magazine ranked NJIT 16th nationally and first in New Jersey for awarding 38 baccalaureates in engineering to African Americans. Of that number, males received 31 degrees and females received 7 degrees.
Lastly, NJIT graduates significant numbers of Asian students. The magazine ranked NJIT 2nd in the nation and 1st in New Jersey for awarding 57 master’s degrees in computer and information sciences to Asian Americans (40 to men and 17 to women). NJIT ranked 6th in the nation and 1st in New Jersey for awarding 120 bachelor degrees in computer science to Asian Americans (82 to men and 38 to women).
The university ranked 10th in the nation and 2nd in New Jersey for graduating Asian-American students with baccalaureates in computers and information science. According to the publication, 100 students graduated. Of that numbers, 73 were men; 27 were women.
The magazine, which has produced the annual poll since 1992, examines the graduating numbers for African Americans, Hispanic and Asian students in the United States. The data for the study come from the U.S. Department of Education. It is collected through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) program survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.