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UT Among 11 Universities Recognized for Minority Graduation

Published: August 13, 2010
The University of Tampa is one of 11 top institutions nationwide with little or no disparity in graduation rates between black and Hispanic students and white students.

Two reports released this week by the nonprofit Education Trust identify U.S. colleges and universities where black or Hispanic students are as likely to graduate as whites.

The report showed The University of Tampa had a 57.2 percent graduation rate for blacks and a 56.4 percent graduation rate for Hispanics, compared to a 55.7 percent rates for whites, which placed it on the list for top colleges and universities.

Nationally, graduation rates run 10 to 20 percentage points lower for black and Hispanic students than for white students.

“These colleges and universities…have shown it is possible for students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to succeed at high rates,” according to report authors Mamie Lynch and Jennifer Engle. “Institutions on the “small gap” list usually do not land there by accident.”

UT benefits from its history of diversity and internationalism, according to Dennis Nostrand, vice president for enrollment. UT is highly regarded amongst international students, and the university focuses on facilitating intercultural awareness and understanding.

"UT is a very diverse place, and we pride ourselves on having a student population that mirrors the U.S. population – racially and economically,” Nostrand said.

The analyses, titled “Big Gaps, Small Gaps,” excluded for-profit institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and concentrated on the 293 public and 163 private non-profit colleges that have sufficient numbers of students of both races to calculate reliable gaps. Graduation rates cited are three-year averages, based on federal data for 2006 through 2008.

The ten other schools with high graduation rates for both black and Hispanic students include George Mason University, Georgia State University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University of New Orleans, Stony Brook University, SUNY at Purchase, Towson University, University of California at Riverside, University of Miami and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.