- The Washington Times - Monday, October 31, 2005

ATLANTA (AP) — Yemaya Stallworth came to Clark Atlanta University to get an engineering degree at a school where her teachers and classmates looked like her — black. That option may soon disappear.

The university has decided to eliminate the engineering department in May 2008 as part of a cost-cutting move at financially troubled Clark Atlanta. The department is the only engineering program at a historically black school in Georgia.

“It’s really our cultural responsibility to graduate from and be taught by our own people and to bring more children in and have them follow our path. That’s going to be taken away from us,” said Miss Stallworth, a 20-year-old sophomore from New York City.

Clark Atlanta’s trustees, citing the university’s $7.5 million deficit, voted in 2003 to eliminate the engineering department along with the school of library studies, the international affairs department, the allied health professions program and the systems science doctorate program.

A group of Clark engineering students and professors have filed a lawsuit in hopes of saving the program, which has 85 students.

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