The mission of the Atlanta University Center Consortium Dual Degree Engineering Program is to significantly increase the number of minority engineers who are globally aware, socially engaged, and well equipped for scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical careers. In collaboration with a wide array of corporations, engineering schools, and other partners, the Consortium-wide program offers services that complement those provided by its member institutions: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.
Dual Degree Engineering Program History
The Atlanta University Center Consortium is one of the world’s largest contiguous consortium of African-American private institutions of higher education. Its undergraduate member institutions are Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. In 1969, these historically Black colleges entered an agreement with Georgia Institute of Technology Dual Degree in Engineering. At the start of the partnership with GA Tech, African-Americans represented less than 1 percent of engineers in the American workforce. This unique partnership was formed to build academic centers of excellence for African-American students in order to increase the number of minorities in science and technology. According to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the numbers in the workforce increased to almost 3 percent in 2003. The Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Engineering Program had a direct impact on that increase.
In 1969, the AUC DDEP received its first major grant of $265,000 from the Olin Mathieson Charitable Trust. Since that time, several engineering institutions have been added to the program. These funds initiated the Georgia Institute of Technology/AUCC partnership for developing African American Engineers. In addition to Georgia Institute of Technology, students now have the choice of attending some of the most prestigious engineering institutions in the country: Auburn University, Clarkson University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Missouri University of Science & Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of Michigan, and University of Notre Dame.
The liberal arts tradition within the AUC Consortium plays an important role in the education of engineering students. The goal is to produce scholars who are technically proficient in math, science, and pre-engineering courses, and to equip them with a strong background in humanities, social sciences, communication skills, and presentation skills. Since the inception of the program, the Atlanta University Center Consortium Council of Presidents has shown their commitment by drafting and signing a formal agreement to oversee and support the DDEP. To date, approximately 2,700 students have graduated through the AUCC DDEP.
In order to ensure that our students are well-equipped to meet this demand, presently, the AUC Consortium DDEP boasts affiliation agreements with 11 top-ranking engineering institutions: