NJIT Named a Top University Dedicated to STEM Diversity
A readers’ survey conducted by Diversity in Action magazine ranks New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) as one of the country’s “Top Institutions of Higher Learning Dedicated to STEM Diversity.” NJIT is a top vote-earner among the 60 institutions of higher learning nominated by the publication’s readership.
“We are honored to be recognized for our dedication to STEM diversity because we work very hard to ensure that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to learn, grow and develop their talents at NJIT. Beginning with pre-college programs that expose thousands of students from underrepresented populations to positive STEM experiences and continuing with an array of support services for our enrolled students, NJIT recognizes the importance of cultivating diversity in the STEM disciplines,” remarked NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “NJIT has been nationally ranked among the top 30 overall and top 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities for graduating minority engineers, and those graduates are in great demand, with an average of nearly three job offers in hand during their senior year, and starting salaries that exceed national averages by almost 20 percent.”
NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs offers a broad range of services to low-income, first-generation pre-college students to gain college access and have success in the STEM fields. The center also helps to improve the teaching of STEM in secondary and elementary schools.
The university’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) serves to enhance educational outcomes for populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM, business and architecture. EOP offers academic support along with career and personal counseling to first-time full-time freshman and transfers students who may be educationally and economically challenged.
NJIT’s partnership with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), named a “Top Nonprofit Dedicated to STEM Diversity” by the Diversity in Action readers’ survey, further cements the university’s commitment to STEM education.
Also recognized by the magazine is NJIT’s Janice Daniel, associate professor and associate dean for research, Newark College of Engineering. “It is a distinct honor to be named as an ‘Advocate for Diverse STEM Professionals and Students’ at NJIT,” she said of the acknowledgement. “Throughout my career I can identify individuals who were key in providing opportunities to me that allowed me to achieve my goals as an educator in a STEM field. These advocates have been role models to me. I hope to continue their legacy through my support of students, mentoring of younger staff and faculty, and participation on committees and task forces whose mission is the recruitment and retention of women and minorities in STEM fields. I look forward to continued opportunities to serve as an advocate for diverse STEM professionals and students at NJIT.”
Both NJIT and Daniel are featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Diversity in Action.