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Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently ranked Kennesaw State University among the nation’s Top 100 colleges and universities for conferring degrees to minority students.

This is the 11th consecutive year KSU has been ranked.

“Kennesaw State University is committed to providing every student with resources and opportunities they need to be successful,” said KSU interim president Kathy Schwaig. “Having a diverse campus community is a strength that is an important part of our students’ education, of building an excellent R2 university and creating successful graduates.”

Among the more than 2,500 colleges and universities examined by Diverse, KSU ranked 14th nationwide, up three spots from the previous year, in bachelor’s degrees presented to African American students across all disciplines for the 2019-20 reporting period. KSU also ranked among the top 75 in bachelor’s degrees conferred to all minority students in all disciplines and among the top 100 in the nation in master’s degrees conferred to African American students in all disciplines.

“Kennesaw State has seen an increase in enrollment of minority students, in part because the University has developed programs and initiatives to engage a more diverse campus community,” said Sonia Toson, interim vice president of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity officer.

In 2019-20, KSU awarded nearly 39% of all undergraduate degrees and 58 percent of all graduate degrees to minority students. For the first time in KSU’s history, minority students account for more than half of the university’s nearly 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students, based on fall 2021 enrollment numbers.

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CRAIG BARFIELD

Why does the article seem to suggest that KSU "bestowed" the degrees to minority students? Didnt they earn their degrees like everybody else? Why does a person's skin color matter ?

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