HBCUs graduate 25% of African Americans who earn degrees in STEM
COLUMBIA, S.C., December 20, 2020 – The Hundred-Seven recently announced that Benedict College is one of the Top 10 Smaller HBCUs for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). While African Americans make up less than 5% of the STEM workforce, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are working to meet the needs of a continually growing field.
Data shows that HBCU graduate 25% of African Americans who earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. The Hundred-Seven published a list of smaller and liberal arts HBCUs that graduate the most African Americans in the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, computer science, math, and other sciences.
“Biology was one of the top majors for our incoming freshmen at Benedict College in 2019,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. “I am proud that our STEM department is being recognized for their hard work as one of the top producers of African Americans with degrees in biology, physical sciences, and engineering technologies.”
The top HBCU producers of STEM graduates (bachelor’s degrees) were determined by evaluating data published by Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Top 100 Degree Producers for 2016-2019. Schools who were in the Top 100 colleges in the nation when it comes to producing African American’s with bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences, physical sciences, engineering (not engineering technology), math, and other science fields were evaluated to determine which schools graduated the most black students in these areas in recent years. The entire list of colleges, and methodology, can be found at http://www.thehundred-seven.org/stem2.html