Thursday, April 6, 2017

UMD Named a Top Minority Degree Producer

Story Highlights:

  • UMD ranked in the Top 5 for 11 different areas of study for minority students
  • UMD ranked No. 10-best college for African American students in 2016
  • Students at UMD do not feel like the school is inclusive

The University of Maryland, College Park lands a spot as one of the top minority-degree producing universities, emphasizing their effort and ability to educate a diverse student body.
UMD is known for its fearless ideas, passion and motivation that is dispersed throughout its diverse student body. In fact, the University's student body well-represent their efforts to ensure that Maryland is a diverse school that gives out quality and earning degrees. The University was found to be Top 5 in numerous categories, including:
  • African American students with Bachelor Degrees in Social Sciences
  • African American students with Bachelor Degrees in Foreign Language
  • Asian American students with Bachelor Degrees in Education
  • African American students with Masters Degrees in Engineering
  • African American students with Doctoral in Engineering

One very interesting and phonemail statistic was that UMD was tied for No. 1 nationally for total minority students with doctoral degrees in mathematics and statistics. 

According to Kristen Sabot at UMD Right Now, "UMD is known as a national leader in closing the achievement gap. Nearly one-fourth of UMD's undergraduates are underrepresented ethnic minorities and 40 percent have identified themselves as students of color, with close to 13 percent identifying as African Americans."

Studies at the University also show that the schools boasts one of the highest graduation rates in the nation for underrepresented minorities: 77.4 percent for African Americans and 79.9 percent for Hispanic students. 

University of Maryland student body demographics as of Fall 2016

Although the University boasts about being one of the best degree-producing schools in the country for African American students, there is still an effort to be made about not only diversifying the campus, but making it inclusive as well.

"The campus definitely needs work in terms of bringing people together and making everyone inclusive," said senior Journalism major Chelsea Jones. "Being from Prince George's County and having the school here, they need to work on being more open about diversity and there needs to be more discussion."

In a statement made by University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, he said, "Diversity helps every student on campus. In this global economy, our graduates will be expected to collaborate on the job as part of diverse teams.