Minority doctoral degrees up
UGA is ranked 17th in the nation for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to African-American students—up from 18th last year, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine, which does the rankings. The latest ranking reflects efforts by the graduate school to recruit underrepresented students, retain and graduate them, UGA administrators say. Since 1999, when the Graduate School began formal inclusiveness programs, enrollment of African-American graduate students has consistently grown, increasing six percent in 2008 over 2007 alone. African Americans represent 10 percent of the total enrollment of UGA graduate students. The Graduate School Outreach and Diversity Office provides a mentoring program to assist first-year graduate students and help set their expectations for graduate study. In addition, the office hosts networking activities to provide conversational settings for graduate students, workshops for academic success, and brown bag lunches to discuss topics related to developments in higher education. For more information on outreach and diversity programs at the Graduate School, go to http://www.grad.uga.edu.