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Metro State ranked first in state for ethnically diverse faculty


Posted: October 22, 2007



(Denver, Colo.) — The Sept. 28 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education cited Metropolitan State College of Denver as having the most ethnically diverse faculty in Colorado.

Using data for Fall 2005, the Chronicle listed figures on race and ethnicity for full-time faculty at more than 1,300 colleges and universities throughout the country that have more than 100 full-time faculty members. Metro State led Colorado institutions with 20 percent of its faculty being of color. The next highest percentage, 19 percent, was at Adams State, followed by Colorado College and CSU-Pueblo, both at 17 percent. CU-Boulder and UCDHSC were both listed as having 13 percent faculty of color.

The Chronicle survey is conducted in odd-numbered years, so the next report will be conducted and issued in 2007. Since President Jordan's stated initiative in 2005 to increase the ethnic diversity of the faculty, Metro State has increased its percentage of faculty of color significantly in recent years. At the Welcome Back event in early September, Jordan said that in the past two years the College had hired 88 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, a 28 percent increase, and noted that "Since 2004, tenured and tenure-track faculty of color have grown by 58 percent, with African American faculty increasing by 92 percent and Latino faculty by 64 percent."

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metro State is a fully-accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 60,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at www.mscd.edu.

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