For Immediate Release
Contact: Mario Boone
ATLANTA (Sept. 15, 2016) Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has been ranked the 18th best historically black college and university (HBCU) in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The 2017 ranking is an improvement from last year’s ranking of 19. Some of the factors that were used to boost CAU’s ranking include its graduation rate, student/faculty ratio and first-year student retention rate, according to evaluators. The announcement was received with excitement by CAU President Ronald A. Johnson.
“We are very pleased to see Clark Atlanta University continue to be ranked among the top 20 HBCU’s in the nation,” said Johnson, who just completed his first year as president. “It confirms that our hard work of the entire CAU community is paying off,” he continued.
Students said it gives them an added sense of pride. “It shows that we’re making strides toward excellence,” said student-athlete Jason Howell, a sophomore mass media arts major. Those strides are evident among the faculty, staff and administration where efforts are continuing to position Clark Atlanta as a premier research institution. In fact, CAU was just awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation for $691,513 to increase minority student representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
U.S. News & World Report said HBCU’s are increasingly an appealing option for applicants of all races, and many HBCU’s are actively recruiting white and Hispanic students to diversify their campuses. That means CAU’s top 20 ranking is particularly attractive to students being sought by other universities. “But our efforts do not end there,” Johnson explained. “We continue to strive to be not just the top HBCU, but the top university in the country."
CAU was established in 1988 after the consolidation of its parent institutions, Atlanta University (founded in 1865) and Clark College (founded in 1869). We are a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education. We offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees as well as certificate programs for students of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Atlanta University was the nation’s first graduate school for blacks and Clark College was the first in the nation four-year liberal arts college for black students. CAU is a member of the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of black American private institutions of higher education in the U.S.Category: University Media
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