Your letters, April 23

04/22/2014 12:00 AM

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Proof is in the degrees

Thank you, Ms. Worth, for making those points about HBCUs (“HBCUs not the problem,” DN,

Those who are misinformed and misguided fail to realize that HBCUs only educate about 10-percent of black students. However, nine of the top 10 colleges that graduate most of the African American students who go on to earn Ph.D.s are HBCUs.

More than 50 percent of the nation’s African-American public school teachers and 70 percent of African-American dentists and physicians earned at HBCUs.

Over 50 percent of all African-American professionals are graduates of HBCUs

In 2000, Xavier University in New Orleans individually produced more successful African American medical school applicants (94) than Johns Hopkins (20), Harvard (37), and the University of Maryland (24) combined. Two other HBCUs also placed in the top 10 producers of medical school applicants, including Morehouse (33), and Spelman (38).

Spelman and Bennett Colleges produce over half of the nation's African American women who go on to earn doctorates in all science fields; more than produced by the Ivy League's Seven Sisters combined (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Wellesley, and Vassar Colleges).

HBCUs significantly contribute to the creation of African American science degree holders: agriculture (51.6 percent), biology (42.2 percent), computer science (35 percent), physical science (43 percent), and social science (23.2 percent).

HBCUs produce 44 percent of all African American bachelor's awarded for communications technology, 33 percent of bachelor's degrees awarded for engineering technology, and 43 percent of bachelor's awarded for mathematics.

Janice R. Crump


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