Auburn University’s College of Engineering ranked seventh in the nation in graduating African-American engineers

Published: Sep 26, 2013 2:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Beth Smith, smithel@auburn.edu, 334-844-2924

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has been ranked seventh in the nation in graduating African-American engineering students, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. During the past decade, the number of African-American engineering graduates has increased by 90 percent. This growth is due in large part to the college’s Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program (APAEP).

The APAEP provides academic support that equips students with strategies to balance the rigorous demands of the engineering curricula and successfully integrate into college life. The program incorporates a three-week summer immersion program, a living learning community and collaborative learning groups, as well as mentoring programs both in and out of the classroom.

"This ranking is a milestone for Auburn Engineering’s commitment to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the college,” says Shirley Scott-Harris, program director. “Diversity should be one of our top priorities if we are to emerge as global producers of engineering students."

Since its launch in 1996, the program has played a vital role in promoting diversity among Auburn’s student body. It continues to bring underrepresented students into the engineering curricula, offer financial support through scholarships and develop the educational and social skills necessary for academic achievement.