FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sept. 7, 2001
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE
RANKING FOR DIVERSITY FROM U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
YPSILANTI - For the second consecutive year, Eastern Michigan University has been cited for its commitment to campus diversity by being recognized in the annual "America's Best Colleges" published by U.S. News and World Report.
EMU is ranked 18th among Midwest institutions in the category of "universities-master's." EMU was one of only four public institutions in the top 20 to earn the distinction. The only other Michigan institution in the top 20 was University of Detroit Mercy, which ranked fourth.
The criteria for the "universities-master's" category is an institution that offers "a full-range of undergraduate programs and some master's degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs." The category consisted of 573 institutions.
The 2001 diversity ranking marks the fourth time in six years that EMU has been recognized. The University was part of the same U.S. News and World Report publication in 1997, 1998, and 2000.
According to the magazine, the diversity rankings identify institutions where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates of different racial and ethnic groups.
U.S. News used a mathematical equation based on the proportion of various groups within the 2000-01 student body. Groups included in the calculation were American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, African Americans who are non-Hispanics, whites who are non-Hispanics, and Hispanics. The formula produces a diversity index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer the index is to 1.0, the more diverse the student population.
EMU's index was .33 with the University's 16 percent African American population as the largest minority group on campus. Eastern Michigan University has 24,000 students.
Eastern Michigan University (www.emich.edu) is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professionals through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and on-line courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.