New Mexico Tech ranked 20th in the nation for providing quality educational opportunities for minorities.
The Forbes study focused on universities that confer a high percentage of degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (known colloquially as STEM).
Producing more graduates with STEM degrees is an important goal for any college, reporter Natalie Doss wrote. The majors with the highest starting and mid-career salaries are nearly all STEM degrees, according to Payscale.com's 2010-2011 College Salary Report.
“So far higher education hasn't done a good job of helping two big groups succeed in STEM: women and members of racial or ethnic minorities,” Doss wrote for Forbes. “A report from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering showed that only 12.5 percent of the engineering bachelor's degrees awarded in 2006 went to underrepresented minorities, including blacks, Hispanics and American Indians.”
The student excluded schools where the student body is almost entirely female or minority students.
The Forbes ranking of the best colleges for minorities in STEM compared blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians (groups typically underrepresented in STEM) to whites and Asians (groups typically well-represented in STEM).
“STEM careers are great careers; we know that, and we get that message across to them [the students],” said Dr. Thomas Mans, professor of social science and director of college assessment at Saint Mary’s College in
Forbes’ Top 20 Universities – Minority Opportunities
1 Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
2 Westmont College
3 Colorado College
4 Christopher Newport University
5 University of Colorado Denver
6 St Mary's College of Maryland
7 Texas Tech University
8 University of Massachusetts-Lowell
9 Tulane University of Louisiana
10 Georgia Southern University
11 Louisiana State University
12 Florida Institute of Technology
13 New Mexico State University
14 Texas A & M University
15 California State University-Chico
16 Davidson College
17 University of Florida
18 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
19 University of Miami
20 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
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