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UNT Insider | July 2008 Issue | Minority Degrees

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Number of minority degrees conferred earns recognition for UNT

From a UNT News Service press release

Diverse Magazine

Issues in Higher Education

UNT was named among the top 50 colleges and universities in the United States based on the number of degrees conferred to minority students by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine.

The number of minority students earning degrees in the 2006-07 academic year at UNT increased by 19 percent over the previous year, elevating the university to 46th on the Diverse list. The magazine has produced the list annually for the past 15 years utilizing U.S. Department of Education statistics.

"These results demonstrate our commitment to student success and diversity. We focus our efforts on creating a student-centered and inclusive learning environment. The increases in the graduation rates of minority students provide evidence of our effective efforts," says Gilda Garcia, UNT vice president for Institutional Equity and Diversity. "We have been successful in attracting minority students, and more importantly, we are graduating minority students. Obviously we need to do more, and we will. We look forward to even greater increases in the coming years."

Gilda Garcia

Gilda Garcia

"It is our responsibility to prepare students for their next step - working in a diverse, global economy. A college experience rich in diversity will go a long way toward preparing each of our graduates for success. At the same time, ensuring that we attract and graduate minority students will provide new avenues of success for all of us in terms of a robust, growing economy fueled by new ideas and new ways of working," she says.

For the 2006-07 academic year 1,117 Native American, Hispanic, Asian American and African-American students received degrees from UNT, which represented about 27 percent of the graduating class.

UNT's Hispanic and African-American enrollment has increased dramatically since 2000 with Hispanic enrollment up 81 percent, compared with the state average among colleges and universities of 45 percent. African American enrollment has climbed 72 percent compared to the state average of 40 percent over the same period. Today, nearly 25 percent of the 28,000 undergraduates at UNT are Hispanic or African American.

UNT News Service press release
Buddy Price can be reached at buddy.price@unt.edu.

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July 2008

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