UNT named a top institution for African American student graduation by national magazine

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas, the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, has been named among the top colleges that awarded the most bachelor's degrees to African Americans in the 2009-10 academic year, by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.

Diverse, which has kept track of the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to students of color for the past 20 years, recently released a list of the nation's 100 colleges that conferred the most bachelor's degrees to African Americans 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 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 minority representation among bachelor's degree recipients has increased over the past several years, a trend which is evident at UNT had a 6 percent increase in the number of bachelor's degrees conferred to African Americans from 2008 to 2010.

Gilda Garcia, UNT's vice president for institutional equity and diversity, said UNT's recognition in Diverse "could only have positive effects for the university and the community, as it renews our 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 that are not only getting recognized, but improving, as statistics show," she said.

Concerning overall minority graduation rates, Diverse also classified UNT among the top 100 institutions that graduate the most American Indian, Asian and Hispanic undergraduate students.

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.

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