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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.