UNT, the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, was named among the top 20 colleges that awarded the most bachelor's degrees to African American students in the 2009-10 academic year by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.
In August 2011, Diverse, which has kept track of the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to students of color for the past 20 years, released a list of the nation's 100 colleges that conferred the most bachelor's degrees to African American students in the 2009-10 academic year. These are the most recent statistics available.
UNT is ranked among the top 20 colleges and universities on the list, and is the top university in Texas for graduating the most African American college students. Other Texas universities on the list include Texas Southern University, Texas Woman's University and the University of Houston.
Nationwide statistics suggest that ethnic minority representation among bachelor's degree recipients has increased over the past several years, a trend which is evident at UNT where there has been a 6 percent increase in the number of bachelor's degrees conferred to African American students from 2008 to 2010.
Gilda Garcia, UNT's vice president for institutional equity and diversity, says UNT's recognition in Diverse could only have positive effects for the university and the community because it renews the university's dedication to an inclusive environment.
"We at the University of North Texas are excited that our efforts in diversity are helping to shape men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds and are not only getting recognized, but improving, as statistics show," she says.
Concerning overall ethnic minority graduation rates, Diverse also classified UNT among the top 100 institutions that graduate the most American Indian, Asian and Hispanic undergraduate students.
About Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine
Founded two and a half decades ago, Diverse is a source of critical news, information and insightful commentary on the full range of issues concerning diversity in American higher education. The magazine's mission is to provide information that is honest, thorough and balanced and to serve as agents of change by generating public policies that resolve inequities that still exist today.
Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at Buddy.Price@unt.edu.