African-American students provided key leadership in opening doors 50 years ago. And, their courage opened doors not only for African-American students, but for all students, faculty and staff. Throughout the past 50 years, our University has become increasingly diverse in many ways, including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, abilities and sexual orientation. During this 50th anniversary, we want to share where we stand today and emphasize our commitment to continued progress in creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive campus community for all.
- UA is the No. 2 public flagship university in the nation in the enrollment of African-American students, with African-Americans representing more than 12 percent of the student body in Fall Semester 2011.
- UA ranks No. 3 among 50 flagship institutions for the percentage of total degrees conferred to African-American students.
- Within the past two decades, UA has increased the number of African-American undergraduates enrolled by almost 106 percent and the number of African-American graduate and advanced professional students by 192 percent.
- Within the past two decades, degrees awarded to African-American undergraduates have increased by 108 percent while degrees awarded to African-American graduate and advanced professional students have risen 388 percent.
- Minority and international faculty comprise more than 17 percent of UA’s full-time faculty.
- The University ranks No. 3 among flagship universities in the percentage of full-time African-American faculty and No. 2 for full-time African-American senior-level administrators, with 5.4 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
- In the past 20 years, UA has increased African-American faculty by 192 percent.
- In addition to an African-American vice president for community affairs, six African-American faculty members serve as assistant or associate deans of their respective colleges.