Delaware State University has moved up to ninth place among 81 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the country in the annual ranking released today by U.S. News & World Report.
DSU is tied with two other HBCUs: Clark Atlanta University and Florida A&M University for ninth place. DSU President Harry Lee Williams said the university's rise in the HBCU rankings confirms everything he has believed about Delaware State University since he first arrived as provost in 2008.
"There has never been any doubt in my mind that the continuation of DSU's rise in the U.S. News & World Report's Best HBCU rankings has been within our capacity because of some very strategic work by the entire DSU family," Dr. Williams said. "To move from number 13 to number 9 is a validation of the ongoing successes of our faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni."
"The ranking is just one measure that says, yes, DSU is on the right path," he said. "We must all be highly motivated to serve and to do our optimum best to graduate exceptionally prepared students."
When U.S. News & World Report first published its HBCU ranking in 2008, DSU ranked 22; it rose to 17 in 2009 and 2010. Since Williams assumed the DSU presidency in 2010, the university has moved up to 15 in 2011, to 13 in 2012, to this year's highest-ever 9th place ranking.