UTA to receive Minority Access’ Diversity Institution Award
The University of Texas at Arlington’s relentless pursuit of excellence, diversity and inclusion is being recognized on the national stage. The non-profit Minority Access will present UTA with its Diversity Institution Award at the National Role Models Conference in Washington, D.C. on September 29. The organization’s mission is to assist colleges, universities, the federal government and corporations recruit, enhance and retain underserved and underrepresented populations as employees and consumers of goods and services across the nation.
UTA is one of just 35 institutions selected to receive the 2017 Diversity Institution Award and joins a prestigious list of previously honored colleges and universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Pomona, Rice, and Wake Forest.
“At the University of Texas at Arlington, we have an unwavering commitment to excellence and access. We believe diversity of thought, beliefs and backgrounds is essential to providing an education of the highest quality,” said Troy Johnson, Vice President of Enrollment Management at UTA. “We are proud that our constant efforts to attract highly motivated and diverse students and faculty are being recognized.”
U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked UTA among the most ethnically diverse institutions in the nation. The magazine’s “Best Colleges 2018” list gives UTA a diversity index of .71, the fifth highest in the nation, based on its multi-cultural undergraduate student body. The magazine also ranked UTA as the top national public university for graduating students with the lowest average student debt in the U.S.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s 2017 Top 100 Degrees Conferred list named UTA one of the top universities in the nation for conferring degrees to minority students. UTA is No. 1 in Texas for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to African-American students, No. 1 in North Texas for awarding master’s degrees to all minority students, and No. 21 in the U.S. for bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred to all minority students.
Minority Access has received national acclaim for its successful track record of implementing programs that advance educational, research and employment opportunities for underserved groups.