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Doctoral Degrees - African Americans (Release)

Doctoral Degrees - African Americans (Release)

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 Public Affairs
News ServiceNews Release
Thursday, September 9, 2010Writer:
Ben Benson
,bbenson@uga.edu Contact:
Judy Milton
, 706/425-2953,jmilton@uga.edu 
UGA rises in rankings for doctoral degrees conferred upon African Americans
Athens, Ga. –
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
recently ranked the University of Georgia 15th in the nation for doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans, up from17th in last year’s rankings. The doctoral completion rate for African Americans at UGAhas been ranked within the top 20 colleges in the nation for three consecutive years.The latest ranking from
Diverse Issues
reflects the UGA Graduate School’s efforts torecruit and retain underrepresented students through graduation. Enrollment of African-American graduate students at UGA has consistently grown since 1999 when thegraduate school began formal inclusiveness programs.“I am proud of both these doctoral students who completed their degrees at UGA and ourcontinued progress toward enhancing the diversity of our university,” said MaureenGrasso, dean of graduate school. “We strengthen UGA’s community and quality of research with the diversity of our graduate student body.”According to this year’s rankings, UGA ranked 52nd overall for conferring doctoraldegrees upon students from all underrepresented populations.The Graduate School Outreach and Diversity Office recruits students fromunderrepresented populations and supports first-year students by helping them adjust andset their expectations for graduate study.“As we continue to increase enrollment of students from underrepresented populations oncampus, our goal is also to provide students with different networking opportunities thatare beneficial to their academic development,” said Shauna Hemingway, director of theGraduate School Outreach and Diversity Office.The diversity office’s Graduate Feeder and Summer Bridge programs provide newlyadmitted students with mentorship and guidance opportunities from current students,smoothing the students’ transition to graduate school.“We want to make sure every student has the full social and academic support to finishtheir studies,” said Hemingway. “The partnerships between first-year and seasonedgraduate students create a valuable social and professional network for students as theymove through their programs.”
 286 Oconee Street, Ste. 200N • Athens, Georgia 30602-1999 • (706) 542-8083 • Fax (706) 542-3939UGA Today:
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