by Ward Mullens, Published September 11, 2009
YPSILANTI — Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine has recognized Eastern Michigan University as one of the top 100 institutions in the nation for the number of African American students who receive an undergraduate degree.
EMU ranked 82nd, one position ahead of the University of Michigan. Wayne State and Michigan State were the only other Michigan schools in the rankings.
The designation marks the sixth consecutive year that EMU has been recognized.
“Our continued standing as one of the top 100 degree producers of African American undergraduates is evidence that EMU is meeting the needs of a diverse population seeking an institution where they can succeed. We are happy to be recognized for our success in this area,” said Sharon Abraham, director of diversity for EMU.
The publication also ranked schools based on several different majors, including education; visual and performing arts; communications, journalism and related programs; public administration and social service professions; and area, ethnic, cultural and gender studies.
Eastern Michigan and Wayne State tied (23rd) in the ranking for African American students graduating with degrees in visual and performing arts. The International Academy of Design and Technology in Troy was ranked 43rd, while the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor was ranked 50th.
EMU was one of only two Michigan schools ranked for the number of African Americans receiving undergraduate degrees in communications, journalism and related fields. EMU placed 25th in this category, behind Michigan State University.
The publication ranked EMU 31st in the nation for African American students earning an undergraduate degree in public administration and social service professions.
EMU placed 32nd in the nation for African American students earning an undergraduate degree in area, ethnic, cultural and gender studies.
Eastern Michigan ranked 39th in the number of undergraduate degrees in education received by African Americans. Wayne State was the only other Michigan school ranked in this category.
The rankings are based on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS). The analysis reflects degrees awarded during the 2007-2008 academic year.
For the complete list of rankings, go to http://diverseeducation.com/top09/top100listing.html