College of Engineering In Top 10 With Minority PhDs

College of Engineering is a top 10 producer of African American and Hispanic doctorates.


USF News Report


Tampa, Fla. (July 25, 2011) – The University of South Florida College of Engineering is ranked in the top 10 of universities nationwide in conferring doctoral degrees to African American and Hispanic/Latino students, according to an annual survey in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.


The college ranks fourth in the nation for conferring engineering doctorates to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are African Americans, and tenth for conferring engineering doctorates to U.S. citizens and permanent residents Hispanic/Latino students.


USF joins AAU member institutions (University of Florida, Georgia Tech and Northwestern University) as one of four universities ranked as a top 10 producer of doctorates for both groups.


“USF, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Science Foundation, Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, and the Florida Education Fund’s McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program has made strategic investments to enhance diversity in STEM. These investments are now bearing fruit,” said Shekhar Bhansali, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and project director of the Bridge to the Doctorate and Alfred P. Sloan programs in the College of Engineering.


Since 2006, more than 20 African American and Hispanic citizen and permanent resident students have earned their engineering doctorates from USF’s College of Engineering. 


Diverse Issues in Higher Education based its survey on data from the National Center for Education Statistics for the 2009-10 academic year based upon U.S. Department of Education reports submitted annually by doctoral degree granting institutions.  The magazine is published bi-weekly that informs national leaders from academe, industry and government about current trends and issues that are going on in the United States.


More information on the rankings is available at the magazine’s website.