Appendix A

Our 2007 Framework update to the Board of Trustees reported that:

  • The Dickinson School of Law now tops the list of American Bar Association law schools in both percentage growth of its diverse student population-273 percent-and absolute numbers. Dickinson's increase in student body diversity has been accompanied by an equally dramatic increase in student academic credentials. Source: The National Jurist, March 2007, pp. 16-25.
  • Penn State ranks fifth in the nation and third in the Big Ten in the number of Black faculty at flagship state universities. Source: Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Summer 2006.
  • Penn State's LGBTA Student Resource Center is listed among the top twenty "Best of the Best" schools in the nation. Source: The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, 2006.
  • Penn State ranks tenth in the nation and second in the Big Ten for graduation rates among African American undergraduates at flagship state universities. Source: Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Winter 2006-07, pp. 58-66.
  • Our six-year graduation rates are strong across the board. Source: NCAA.
  • Minority enrollments have steadily increased at both University Park and the campuses over the past ten years. Total minority enrollment at all campuses increased to 13 percent in 2006 (10,905 students). Source: Penn State Fact Book.
  • The New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow is one of the largest traditional powwows in the east, drawing more than 105 dancers and 6,000 visitors to the annual two-day event.
  • The Alliance for Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Development in Africa is an interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach initiative aimed at harnessing geo-resources for sustainable livelihoods in Africa, with a focus on underrepresented populations. It operates through partnerships among Penn State, Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States, select African universities, and public and private-sector organizations.
  • Each year there are approximately 1,000 diversity-related events held at Penn State. These include activities related to race/ethnicity, gender, LGBT, adult learners, disabilities, international studies, low-income, first-generation college students, and veterans. Source: Penn State Diversity Calendar.


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