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UGA Graduate School receives award for excellence and innovation in graduateadmissions practices
Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Graduate School recently received the 2010-2011 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Admissions from the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools and the Educational Testing Service. The awardacknowledges outstanding practices in graduate admissions.“We are honored to be recognized by these organizations for our innovative efforts,” saidMaureen Grasso, dean of the Graduate School. “This award reflects our commitment toprovide an excellent experience for prospective and current students and promotediversity at the University of Georgia.”The Graduate School received the award for its data-based Recruitment throughGraduation initiative. This initiative grew out of the innovative practices developedduring the Ph.D. Completion Project, a research project funded by the Council of Graduate Schools.“The expanded use of these practices dramatically improved the acceptance andgraduation rates of underrepresented graduate students,” said Grasso.Since 2004, enrollment of African-American and Hispanic graduate students hasincreased by 31 percent and 75 percent, respectively, in UGA graduate programs. In thesame time period, degree completion rates for African-American and Hispanic graduatestudents improved by more than 20 percent.As part of the Recruitment through Graduation initiative, the Graduate School conductedquantitative and qualitative research to understand why graduate students drop out of programs before completion. The results allowed the Graduate School to developprograms to assist graduate students from initial contact with UGA through completion of their degree.“The Recruitment through Graduation initiative has enhanced our understanding of howto recruit top graduate students and provide them with sufficient resources throughouttheir education at UGA,” said Grasso.
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