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August 22, 2007
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"Diverse" magazine recognizes EMU for strides in African American students receiving degrees

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

EMU improved to 67th (out of more than 300 colleges and universities) for the number of baccalaureate degrees bestowed upon African-American students. EMU ranked 74th in the previous year. Eastern Michigan awarded 420 (264 women, 156 men) bachelor’s degrees to African-American students in 2006. 

Approximately 18 percent of EMU’s 19,000 undergraduate students are African American, said Tom Green, vice president for enrollment management at EMU.

“EMU is proud of its long track record of enrolling and graduating underrepresented students. Students of all backgrounds are interested in a quality education and we provide that,” Green said. “We also provide a welcoming and supportive environment for students, including small classes with faculty who mentor students, as well as teach them.”

“Diversity is our strength and we are very pleased to be recognized for our efforts in achieving and maintaining the highest standards for student access and attainment,” Green said.

“I am pleased that ‘Diverse Issues’ continues to recognize our efforts to attract underrepresented students,” said Sharon Abraham, director of diversity at EMU. “We support these efforts with things such as enhancements to the general education curriculum, in which diversity is a course requirement.”

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 2005-06 academic year.

EMU also ranked in a number of subcategories, including:

• Ranked first among the 12 Mid-American Conference schools.

• the number of African-American students receiving baccalaureate degrees in education (13th);

• the number of African Americans receiving baccalaureate degrees in area, ethnic, culture and gender studies (42nd);

• the number of African Americans receiving master’s degrees (86th).

“Diverse,” formerly “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. To see a list of the rankings, go to www.diverseeducation.com

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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