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UTA among top 100 producers of minority bachelor’s degrees in the country

The University ranks No. 1 in North Texas for all minorities earning degrees

The University of Texas at Arlington conferred more bachelor’s degrees to African-American students than any other college in Texas in 2018, according to a report in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

UTA conferred more bachelor’s degrees to African-American students than any other college in Texas in 2018, according to a report in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

UTA conferred more bachelor’s degrees to African-American students than any other college in Texas in 2018, according to a report in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

“This is a major accomplishment,” said Jason Shelton, UTA Center for African-American Studies director and associate professor of sociology. “Clearly, our efforts are paying off as demonstrated by the high rankings for bachelor’s and master’s degrees for African Americans.

“We’ve opened our doors and enhanced opportunities for African-American students in the classroom and in our programming schedule and we’ve worked to champion student success after college. UTA will continue to welcome the diversity in local DFW communities to our campus,” he continued.

In 2018, UTA ranked No. 23 in the nation and No. 1 in Texas for master’s degrees awarded to African-American students; No. 11 in the nation and No. 1 in Texas for bachelor’s degrees awarded to African-American students.

The 2018 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education report also noted that the share of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. degrees earned increased for all minority groups in 2018.

“Our rankings are the highest in the DFW metroplex,” said UTA Provost Teik C. Lim, “and these rankings are not only a good indication that UTA is moving in the right direction but also a strong reflection of our strategic plan that embraces excellence, access and affordability. Knowing this, we will continue to foster a supportive campus environment, create opportunities and build on our success because diversity is a hallmark of a rich and successful educational program.”

For the past 27 years, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine has identified the top 100 institutions awarding degrees to minority students, using the most recent data available from the Department of Education.

Visit https://diverseeducation.com/article/120916/ for more information about the report.

--  Written by Richard Hill