1st in black degrees.

Author:Janice, Elizabeth
Position:Historically black colleges and universities

The unparalleled performance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in educating the growing African-American student population is highlighted in the May 7, 1992 edition of Black Issues In Higher Education. A special report titled "Top 100 Degree Producers," reveals that HBCUs confer a disproportionate share of bachelor degrees on black students.

Colleges were ranked by the number of postsecondary degrees awarded to minorities in 1988-89. The nation's top five schools that award bachelor degrees to African-Americans are all HBCUs: Howard University, Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College, Hampton University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Jackson State University (see table).

TOP DEGREE PRODUCERS The nation's leaders in conferring degrees upon African-American graduates, 1989-89. Males Females Total 1. Howard University 269 475 744 Washington, D.C. 2. Southern University A&M College 247 328 575 Baton Rouge, La. 3. Hampton University 178 361 539 Hampton, Va. 4. North Carolina A&T State University 260 249 509 Greensboro, N.C. 5. Jackson State University 190 273 463 Jackson, Miss. Only three predominately white schools placed among the top 20. The University of Maryland-College Park, which ranked 12th, was first among predominately white schools in graduating African-Americans. Maryland granted 286 bachelor degrees to black students for the 1988-89 school year. By contrast, Howard University, which ranked first overall, granted 744 bachelor degrees to black students.

"The report shows that white colleges...

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