CSULB College of Engineering Makes Strides in Student Diversity

ASEE_Logo_Stacked_RGBThe CSULB College of Engineering has made gains in awarding degrees to underrepresented minorities in the latest rankings from the American Society for Engineering Education.

CSULB ranked 10th among U.S. and Canadian universities for the number of engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students in 2015, up from 11th in the previous year. CSULB also ranked 19th for the number of engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to Asian-American students in 2015, an increase over 2014’s 20th–place ranking.

CSULB was the largest public university to rank in the top 20 for the percentage of women tenure/tenure-track engineering faculty. At CSULB, 30 percent of T/TT engineering faculty are women.

“We are very pleased that our efforts to serve the region’s diverse groups are yielding results,” said Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani. “Increasing the representation of women and underrepresented groups in engineering is a high priority. Engineering and technology companies need a diverse workforce, and increasing representation at the university level—in terms of both faculty and students—provides a strong foundation for those efforts.”

Another area where CSULB ranked high was in the ratio of bachelor’s recipients to faculty—4th for two years running.

ASEE’s latest annual report also underscores the growing strength of CSULB’s engineering program. The college ranked 38th for undergraduate enrollment and 44th for the number of engineering degrees awarded in universities in the U.S. and Canada.

For individual engineering degrees awarded, CSULB ranked:

  • 26th for computer engineering
  • 28th for civil engineering
  • 29th for electrical engineering
  • 43rd for mechanical engineering, and
  • 45th for computer science

ASEE compiles statistics from hundreds of engineering schools in the U.S. and Canada each year to provide students and administrators with a gauge of how well universities are performing in certain metrics.