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From the

NationalChair

Building the Ladder to 10K
By Matthew C. Nelson, NSBE National Chair

T

he past two years at the
helm of this phenomenal
organization have been
exhilarating. We have
made significant gains in our
capability of reaching our nationwide goal of 10,000 black
students' earning undergraduate engineering degrees annually by 2025. We partnered
with ExxonMobil to develop
a Student Retention Toolkit
for universities, to leverage
best practices to support the
academic pursuits of minority

* Community: Create environments that nurture individual
growth and collective success
* Empathy: Seek a greater understanding of those we serve
* Leadership: Groom the future leaders of society through
training and executive-level experience
Our commitment to these values will improve our ability to
build consensus around key initiatives and create a vivacious
environment that attracts current and aspiring Black Engineers.
However, the 10K by 2025 goal is extremely ambitious, and
our ability to attain it requires full understanding of the challenge ahead and buy-in across all our demographics. In 2016,
only 4,366 undergraduate engineering degrees were granted
to black students. To reach 10,000 over the next seven years
would require a massive increase in black enrollment (from
~29,000 to 57,000) and in six-year graduation
rates (from 36 percent to 59 percent).
Given that roughly 22 percent of all black
undergraduate engineering students in the
U.S. are members of NSBE, we must seek to
increase the number of NSBE members who
count toward the 10K goal, by increasing our
membership rates in engineering colleges. And
we must indirectly influence academic outcomes for non-members as well. In addition,
our NSBE Jr. model must be scaled-up tenfold
to identify and support aspiring engineering
talent as early as third grade and to provide
focused programming geared toward improving math competency and proficiency on college entry exams.
Even if we fail to reach 10K by 2025, our efforts have
created ripples across the engineering landscape. NSBE has
been invited to provide input into the development of key
STEM-funding legislation in both the U.S. Senate and House
of Representatives. The National Academy of Engineering has
recognized the 50K Coalition, a group of engineering societies, universities and corporations spawned by our 10K goal, as
a pillar of its diversity policy in the foreseeable future. "10K
by 2025" has entered the lexicon of academia, industry and
government alike. NSBE is well-positioned to lead the discussion around addressing the nation's technical talent shortage
by encouraging investments in education and development of
black students and professionals. We must continue to drive innovation within the engineering society space and collaborate
with key stakeholders in the minority engineering movement.
It has been a pleasure to serve as your national chair, and I
hope my efforts, along with those of countless other volunteer
leaders, advisors and staff, have met the standards our great
organization deserves. ■

"Our commitment to these values will
improve our ability to build consensus
around key initiatives and create a
vivacious environment that attracts
current and aspiring Black Engineers."
engineering students. Several of our corporate partners have
invested in Integrated Pipeline Programs, designed to provide
financial assistance, professional development and career
opportunities to our collegiate members. And we invested in
the development of NSBE Now, a social media platform that
enables increased membership engagement and information
dissemination.
Although these developments should bear fruit in the near
future, one of our most important recent accomplishments is
the adoption of a set of organizational core values. Commonly
referred to as EXCEL, these guiding principles will help place
our essential attributes - "NSBE Luv," student governance,
community service and outreach - into a structure against
which future decisions can be evaluated.
The core values are:
* Excellence: Develop the skills necessary to become highperforming engineering students and professionals
* Exposure: Present opportunities in engineering to a diverse
cross-section of the black populace
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