Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine ranked UNT among the top 100 universities in the nation for the number of minority students earning bachelor's degrees.
UNT ranked second in Texas and 55th in the nation for the number of African American students earning bachelor's degrees during the 2005-06 academic year at "traditionally white institutions." The University of Houston, ranked 31st, is the only Texas university ranked higher than UNT in that category.
The magazine also ranks UNT:
- 51st -- Hispanic baccalaureate students.
- 63rd -- total minority baccalaureate students.
The rankings represent degrees reported to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Educational Statistics through the Completions Survey of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set.
"One of the greatest strengths of UNT is the value we place on the increasing diversity among the individuals who make up our community," President Gretchen M. Bataille says. "Our firm commitment to diversity benefits every student through learning opportunities -- inside and outside the classroom -- that respect the contributions and viewpoints the various nationalities, cultures, backgrounds and abilities of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests bring to the UNT campus."
Diversity is cited along with internationalization and collaboration as a key theme that will drive the UNT Strategic Plan for 2006-2011. The UNT System Board of Regents adopted the plan in 2006.
In 2006-07, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and international students make up about 33 percent of UNT's 33,443 students. African Americans are about 12 percent of the student body and Hispanic students are nearly 11 percent.
"In the coming academic year, UNT has the potential to enroll more than 4,000 African American students and more than 4,000 Hispanic/Latino students," says Troy Johnson, UNT's associate vice president for enrollment management.
Since 1987, UNT has nearly doubled its minority and international student enrollment. During that time, the percentages of increase have climbed dramatically for all racially and ethnically diverse student populations at the university.
For example, between 1987 and 2007:
- African American enrollment rose more than 170 percent.
- Hispanic/Latino enrollment increased by 360 percent.
- Asian American enrollment went up 420 percent.
- Native American enrollment jumped by about 285 percent.
"I am quite pleased, but not at all surprised that UNT is gaining national recognition for its efforts to continue to diversify its student body," says Cassandra Berry, associate vice president for equity and diversity. "It is the collaborative efforts of various academic and academic support offices across campus that contribute to the growing numbers of African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American students graduating from UNT."
The magazine's rankings for the top 100 graduate degree producers was published in its July 12 issue. Diverse also lists the top 100 colleges and universities for granting undergraduate degrees to Asian American and Native American students.