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Cockrell School Rises to No. 3 in Graduation Rates for Minority Engineering Students

In the 2016 ranking of the U.S.’ top degree-producing engineering schools, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked the Cockrell School of Engineering the No. 3 producer of minority engineering graduates in the nation and the No. 1 in Texas.

The 2016 list, which was published in October, ranks institutions by the highest number of degrees conferred to minority students in the 2014-15 academic year. The analysis is based on the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2015, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranked the Cockrell School No. 4.

In Texas, the Cockrell School ranks first among engineering schools with 521 minority graduates. UT Austin is followed by Texas A&M University, which graduated 396 minority engineering students and The University of Texas at El Paso, which graduated 222 minority engineering students.

“A Cockrell School of Engineering education is designed to enable our student to address the challenges of the future, and the complexity of that future requires us to draw upon the many talents and perspectives of a diverse society,” said Michele Meyer, assistant dean for student affairs in the Cockrell School. “We are proud of the progress we have made in providing opportunity to students and in building a more inclusive community, but we also recognize that we still have further to go.”

The Cockrell School established the Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program in 1970 to promote the recruitment and academic development of minority students interested in pursuing careers in engineering. EOE works to provide students with a strong community of peers and resources such as tutoring, undergraduate research opportunities and professional development workshops.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education is a news publication that covers issues related to underrepresented groups in higher education.