465195 Impact of HBCUs on the Number of Minorities Receiving Degrees in Chemical Engineering

Monday, November 14, 2016: 9:25 AM
Continental 2 (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Sheena Reeves, Chemical Engineering, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX

A goal of AIChE is to increase the diversity in the Institute by increasing the membership of underrepresented groups. A review of graduation data by the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) revealed that African Americans receiving engineering degrees has remained at a level of 4.0 – 4.5% over the last several years. A recent study by ASEE also showed a decline in the amount of undergraduate degrees awarded to African American females. To increase diversity in the chemical engineering profession, the number of minorities earning degrees must increase.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have historically focused on the education of African Americans. Although the universities have historically served blacks, all ethnicities can enroll. Many HBCUs serve several minority groups including Hispanic communities. Six HBCUs have chemical engineering programs. Around 25 - 30% of American undergraduate degrees awarded in chemical engineering are conferred at the six HBCUs. This report analyzes the relevance of HBCUs on minorities – in particular African Americans – earning degrees and entering the chemical engineering profession.

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