On September 25, 2011 the Chronicle of Higher Education published a list of institutions that awarded the largest numbers of Ph.D. degrees to minority students between 2005 and 2009.
As in most years, the University of Michigan is the only university in the nation in the top ten for the most doctorates awarded for every specified minority group. For Asian Americans, we ranked 6th. For African-Americans, we ranked 3rd. For Hispanics, we ranked 7th. And for American Indians, we were tied for 10th.
For many years, Michigan has put a high priority on attracting a diverse community of graduate students, and we know that we need to continue that work. The shifting demographics of the United States make it more important than ever that we attract students to graduate school who reflect the talent in every demographic group, and that we work to ensure their academic success.
As we compare ourselves to other institutions around the country, these numbers suggest that we are doing better than many of our peers in launching the careers of significant numbers of outstanding minority Ph.D. recipients. We’re proud of this track record, and committed to doing even better in the years to come.
About the Author
Janet A. Weiss, Dean, Rackham Graduate School
Published in: Graduate School News