A press release on Thursday, Nov. 19 said Webster University is ranked number one for diversity in their graduate program for 2015. The ranking was among all private non-profit and public institutions in the country.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education (DIHE) did a “Top 100 Degree Producers,” which the release said is the only national report of graduate degrees earned by African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American students by United States colleges and universities.
“One hundred years ago, our founders created a college for women when higher education for women was the exception. From that foundation, Webster has grown to include a globally diverse student population of nearly 20,000 men and women, civilians and servicemembers, traditional age undergraduates and working adults, including those who complete courses and degrees online,” said Webster University President Beth Stroble.
She said the path to equity is continuous, and Webster must continue the work of providing access to a diverse student population across its campuses that graduates to successful careers that benefit them and their communities.
“While we are proud to be recognized by Diverse Issues in Education, we know there is still much to do to achieve our mission,” Stroble said.
The release said Webster also ranked first in African-American master’s degrees nationally among non-profit and public institutions and graduate degrees conferred to African-American, Native American and Asian-American students for non-profit or public institutions in Missouri. Webster is also the only Missouri institution to be listed in the top 100 for Hispanic/Latino students and for the “all minorities” category, the release said.
“The recognition is testament to Webster’s strong initiatives for increasing student success for members of many underrepresented groups, and we continually review and look for ways to improve those efforts,” Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Nicole Roach said.
The release said The survey used data provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics collected for the 2013-2014 year. The survey only looked at degrees awarded and only counted students who are U.S. citizens.