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June 8 , 2005
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National publication recognizes EMU for increase in African Americans receiving undergraduate degrees

YPSILANTI - For the second consecutive year, “Black Issues in Higher Education” magazine has cited Eastern Michigan University for its growing number of African-American students who earn undergraduate degrees.

For 2004, the national magazine ranked EMU 76th nationally (out of more than 300 colleges and universities) for the number of baccalaureate degrees bestowed upon African-American students at EMU. Eastern Michigan awarded 371 bachelor’s degrees to African-American students in 2004. 

That number is up 7 percent from 2003, when 346 African-American students received bachelor’s degrees at Eastern. For 2003, EMU ranked 81st in the magazine’s rankings.

Approximately 17.4 percent of EMU’s 19,000 undergraduate students are African American.

“It’s critical that our University reflect the state’s population in our graduation rates. I’m extremely pleased that we have been able to — as one of the few schools in the country — reflect the percentage of (African American) minorities in (our) state,” said Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services. “Eastern is about results for these students. Many people talk, but Eastern’s faculty actually produce results.”

“I think the graduates reflect Eastern Michigan’s ongoing commitment to providing a successful learning experience for our diverse population of students,” said Whitney Harris, EMU’s director of diversity.

            EMU also ranked first in the Mid-American Conference and was third among Michigan universities, trailing only Michigan State and Wayne State universities.  The analysis was compiled by 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 2003-04 academic year.

            EMU also ranked in a number of subcategories, including the number of American Indian students receiving baccalaureate degrees in education (13th); the number of African-American students receiving baccalaureate degrees in education (25th); total number of minorities receiving baccalaureate degrees in education (40th); the number of African-American students receiving baccalaureate degrees in English language and literature (8th); and the total number of minorities receiving baccalaureate degrees in English language and literature (33rd).

            “Black Issues in Higher Education” was founded in 1984 and is considered America’s premiere news source for information relative to African-American educational issues. 

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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