Dr. Robin Coger
In its latest Top 100 Producers of Minority Degrees ranking, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked North Carolina A&T State University the No. 1 producer of African American engineers at the undergraduate level, the No. 2 producer of African American engineers at the master’s level, and the No. 4 producer of African American engineers at the doctoral level.
“It is very validating to see this report. The credit for this result goes to our faculty, staff, students, and alumni – and I am very proud of them for the quality they consistently achieve for the benefit of our university and our nation,” said Dr. Robin Coger, dean of the College of Engineering.
The college will deepen its capacity to educate even more future engineers and computer scientists when work begins later this academic year on the $90 million Engineering Research and Innovation Complex.
Each year, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education compiles the list of the top 100 institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students by conducting an analysis of U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions. In addition to engineering, N.C. A&T is ranked in a number of categories including, on the undergraduate level:
⦁ No. 2 in degrees awarded to African Americans in agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences; engineering technologies and engineering-related fields; and parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies
⦁ No. 4 in degrees awarded to African Americans in communication, journalism and related programs; and mathematics and statistics
⦁ No. 5 in degrees awarded to African Americans in marketing
⦁ No. 7 in degrees awarded to African Americans in architecture and related services; family and consumer sciences/human sciences; and liberal arts and science, general studies and humanities
⦁ No. 8 in degrees awarded to African Americans in all disciplines combines; and visual and performing arts
⦁ No. 10 in degrees awarded to African Americans in psychology
At the graduate level, A&T is also ranked:
⦁ No. 1 producer of master’s degrees awarded to African Americans in mathematics and statistics
⦁ No. 2 producer of master’s degrees awarded to African Americans in physical sciences
⦁ No. 5 producer of master’s degrees awarded to African Americans in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields
⦁ No. 6 producer of master’s degrees awarded to African Americans in English language and literature/letters
“North Carolina A&T’s leadership in educating and graduating so many African American students in STEM disciplines and a host of other fields not only plays a transformative role in those graduates’ lives, but contributes significantly to the diversity of the fields in which they work,” interim Provost Beryl McEwen said.
A&T Garners Record Alumni Donations,
Expanded Endowment in FY2017
Donors to North Carolina A&T State University stepped up at a record level in fiscal year 2017 with gifts of $14.7 million, a high watermark for A&T that represents a 56 percent jump over the previous year.
The increase contributed significantly to growth in the university’s total endowment, which reached $55.2 million at the end of June, N.C. A&T leaders say. Over the past five years, that total has grown by more than $23 million, in large part due to the generosity of individuals who received their education at A&T.
“What was most striking about the increase in private support for North Carolina A&T this past year is the way in which our alumni invested so strongly in the future of the university,” said Ken Sigmon, vice chancellor for university advancement. “Clearly, they are being motivated by the ambitious goals we set for the university in our strategic plan, Preeminence 2020. That pertains to friends of the university, as well, who came through in big numbers to help us achieve this record year. We are deeply appreciative of the generosity of all our supporters, and excited for the success it portends for the new fiscal year.”
The $14.7 million FY17 total includes several notable developments below the top line. Corporate and foundation giving, for instance, totaled $6.6 million, while alumni giving came in at $6.3 million. Giving directly to endowments totaled $3.6 million, a 26 percent increase over the previous year. Growing endowments enable universities to enhance the quality of their programs, make strategic faculty hires to expand their research endeavors and academic departments and take other key actions to elevate the quality of their institutions.
A&T’s endowment is among the nation’s largest for historically black colleges and universities, but it trails far behind those of fellow research universities and land grant institutions. The increase in endowment support helped to make up ground in that critical measure of financial vitality. The multiplicity of A&T’s private support growth in FY17 was particularly welcome news, given the wide-ranging impact of the funding.
“That giving reached every corner of the university – from helping students meet the costs of a college education to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest students and faculty to supporting infrastructure and academic programs upgrades,” Sigmon said. “With this support, A&T is a stronger university than it was just one year ago. That’s tremendously exciting.”
N.C. A&T Top HBCU in the State;
No. 2 Public HBCU in the U.S.
In the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Historically Black Colleges ranking, North Carolina A&T State University is ranked the top historically black college or university in North Carolina and the No. 2 public HBCU in the nation. It is the sixth consecutive year that N.C. A&T has earned the top spot in North Carolina. A&T is also ranked No. 8 out of 74 HBCUs listed nationwide – up two positions from last year’s ranking.
To be considered, a school must be designated as an HBCU by the U.S. Department of Education. It must also be a baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students.
U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and universities across seven categories – retention, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. This ranking comes on the heels of the enrollment of the university’s largest student body of 11,877 students and a record year for sponsored research, in which A&T faculty earned $62.5 million in contracts and grants over the 2016-17 fiscal year.