NYUCD has entered into
a historic agreement with Tuskegee University to conduct a combined
B.A.-D.D.S. program. This marks the first time that Tusekegee University,
one of our nation’s Historically Black College and Universities
(HBCU) has collaborated on a B.A.-D.D.S. program, and the first
time that NYUCD has done so with a historically black university.
Founded in 1881
by Dr. Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee University is the only university
in the U.S. to be designated a National Historic Site. The NYUCD-Tuskegee
agreement bolsters the two institutions’ mutual commitment
to increase the number of African American dentists in the U.S.
African Americans represent almost 13 percent of the U.S. population
today, but only 3.5 percent of the dentists.
gives strongly motivated Tuskegee students whose primary goal is
dentistry a virtual guarantee that, if they maintain an honors grade
point average at Tuskegee and fulfill NYUCD’s admission requirements,
they will be accepted. Tuskegee students will be eligible for the
joint program as early as the second semester of freshman year.
NYUCD congratulates Dr. Ralph V. Katz, Professor
and Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion,
and Ms. Novella Jones, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions,
on their efforts to secure this agreement. “The dental profession
is challenged to create opportunities for African Americans to learn
about and join the profession,” says Dean Jones. “This
agreement enables NYUCD and Tuskegee to make a profound contribution
in that area.”
Dr. Katz and Dean Jones are currently engaged in
discussions with Tuskegee officials to set up a “grandfathering”
mechanism that could result in the first combined degree-program
student entering NYUCD as early as fall 2003.