Ranks UNCP 2nd in Diversity Among Southern Regional Universities
The University of
North Carolina at Pembroke ranked second in the category of "campus
diversity"among Southern regional universities in an annual poll
of colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report magazine
released last week.
On a scale from
0 to 1.0 UNCP with 1.0 being the most diverse, UNCP earned a ranking
of 0.58, compared to number one ranked Barry University of Florida with
a ranking of 0.62. U.S. News used a mathematical equation based on the
proportion various groups comprised of the 1996-97 undergraduate student
body at their schools.
The report was released
Friday, Aug. 21, 1998 on the magazine's world wide web site ( www.usnews.com
) and at news stands last week.
UNCP's study body
was 58% white, 25% Native American, 14% African American, 1% Asian and
1% Hispanic and 57% of UNCP's students are female during the 1996-97
school year. A detailed profile of UNCP was sent to U.S. News &
World Report prior to releasing the rankings.
B. Oxendine said he is pleased by the report because student diversity
is an important asset for the university.
"We are very
pleased to be recognized by this prestigious magazine for the diversity
of our student body," Chancellor Oxendine said. "Diversity
is a quality we hold in very high regard."
"I note that
among the other 15 institutions recognized, UNC Pembroke is the only
one with a high percentage of American Indians," he said. "Given
the heritage of this institution, we are pleased with this continuing
added that campus harmony and student attitudes about diversity are
also important factors.
is not only diverse, but we are also a friendly, interactive campus,"
he said. "I wish U.S. News had also asked the question: Do
students get along?' The truth is -- we get along very well as evidenced
by the diverse composition in all educational and social clubs and activities
on our campus." "It is no surprise that in a recent UNC system
wide study, 92.6% of all UNC Pembroke students expressed appreciation
for racial equity," he said. "This is compared to a UNC system
wide average of 82.1%."
U.S. News &
World Report also apparently believes that campus diversity is an important
asset saying, "If you view going to college as a chance to learn
from people who have different backgrounds from your
own, then diversity is important for you in choosing a school."
in the region which fared well in the specialty ranking for campus diversity
were Fayetteville State University at 5th and Francis Marion University
at 12th. A regional university is defined for the purposes of the survey
as one with a full range of undergraduate programs and master's degrees
but few, if any, doctoral programs.
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