Louisiana HBCU Among Leaders in African American STEM Graduates Earning a Ph.D


[Dallas, TX – March 1st, 2015]

There is more great news from our HBCU’s in Louisiana.  It was announced that Xavier University Among Leaders in African American STEM Graduates Earning Ph.D.s.  A 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering shows that Xavier University of Louisiana now ranks third in the nation in graduating African Americans who go on to obtain Ph.D.s in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

The report, released in January by NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic, indicated that during the covered period of 2008-2012 Xavier had 72 of its graduates earn doctorates in science and engineering. That placed it third behind only Howard University and Spelman College, with 106 and 86 graduates respectively.

“This report represents another testament to the rigorous academic environment at Xavier, which prepares undergraduates to perform at the highest levels and instills in them a never-ending desire to learn and grow in their chosen fields and professions,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis.

According to the report, a total of 6,254 African Americans earned Ph.D.s in those fields during that same period, with the top 51 colleges and universities producing more than 28 percent of those graduates.

The full report is available at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15311/nsf15311.pd

Xavier University Louisana will be the Tom Joyner Foundation June School of the Month. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Give Love Xavier Day.


Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.