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Johnson C Smith University tops CIAA schools for U.S. News HBCU rankings (564 hits)

On Sept. 11, 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Johnson C. Smith University as the top CIAA institution and No. 18 out of 80 Historically Black Colleges and Universities nationwide. Five Johnson C. Smith University athletic teams won team academic awards, the most in the CIAA for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Golden Bulls were tops in team GPA in women's cross country, men's cross country, football, women's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field. The women's cross country team also posted an impressive 3.517 cumulative grade point average, which was the highest of any team in the league.

“It is gratifying to see our student-athletes recognized for leading from a scholarly perspective on a national level,” said JCSU President Ronald L. Carter.

To qualify for the U.S. News rankings, a school must be currently designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a historically black college or university (HBCU), and an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students. The school also must be part of the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

HBCUs represent just 3 percent of the nation's more than 4,000 colleges and universities, but are almost twice as productive as non-HBCUs with regards to Black graduates in areas such as STEM. According to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 24 percent of all African-American college students start college at HBCUs, and HBCUs award 24 percent of the undergraduate degrees earned by African Americans.

About Johnson C. Smith University
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study, including a master’s degree in social work, to more than 1,400 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on social media sites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Tuesday, September 12th 2017 at 5:59PM
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