NJIT graduate and undergrad degree programs in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields are racking up kudos when it comes to educating minority students, according to the most recent rankings by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The field is offered through programs and degrees available through NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering.Relying on federal data for the 2010-2011 school year, Diverse named NJIT 3rd in the nation for awarding master’s degrees in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields to Hispanic students. And when looking at undergrad degree recipients in the same fields, Diverse named NJIT 4th nationally for graduating Asian Americans and Hispanic students in this important. According to Diverse, NJIT is 5th for awarding this undergraduate degree to all minorities.
“NJIT has always done well educating minority students because of the depth and breadth of significant programs here for disadvantaged students, most of whom are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college,” said Angelo Perna, PhD, professor of chemical and environmental engineering and director of the McNair Achievement Program. “Programs like McNair that cater to helping these students, our long-established Educational Opportunity Program and other support services turn the tides of success and accomplishment.”
Diverse cited NJIT for its undergrad degree programs in architecture and related services offered by NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design. In these fields, NJIT took 6th place for Asian Americans; 9th for total minorities and 10th for Hispanics. Undergrad degrees in computer and information sciences and support services from the College of Computing Sciences also ranked well: 9th for Hispanic students; 11th for Asians; 15th for all minorities.
Other notable rankings were for both undergraduate and graduate degrees earned by minority students in all engineering fields. In the undergraduate arena for engineering, Asian Americans took 19th place; African American students took 20th place and NJIT overall took 20th place for all minorities. On the graduate front, NJIT took 15th place for graduating the total number of minority engineering students.
Sizable numbers of minority students leave NJIT with master’s degrees in mathematics and statistics, a subject area offered by NJIT’s College of Science and Liberal Arts in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. NJIT was 5th nationally for graduating African Americans and 13th for graduating all types of minority students in this field.
More Diverse master’s degree rankings included: 5th nationally in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields (offered through NCE’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) for African Americans; 7th in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields for Asian Americans; 8th in engineering for African Americans; 10th in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields for all minorities. Other top master’s rankings included: 13th in engineering for Hispanics; 13th in math and statistics for all minorities; 15th in engineering for all minorities; 18th in engineeringfor Asian Americans.
Diverse has produced the annual poll since 1992. It examines graduating numbers for U.S. African-American, Hispanic and Asian students. Data comes from the U.S. Dep’t. of Education and is collected through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System program survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.