|For Immediate Release
September 7, 1999
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Indiana University Northwest received the top - and the only rating - of colleges and universities in the state of Indiana in campus diversity, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report guidebook of America’s Best Colleges for the year 2000. This is the third year that the guidebook has featured a table on campus diversity and IU Northwest not only ranks number one in Indiana, but fourth in the Midwest after Northeastern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, and Columbia College – all who are located in Illinois. National-Louis University also in Illinois, came in a very close fifth to the Northwest Indiana campus.
“We’re proud to have this unique distinction,” says vice chancellor of student administration, Ernest Smith. “A racially and ethnically diverse student body has tremendous opportunities for all of its students. They can be better prepared for the diverse workforce of the new millennium. Studies have shown that students learn better in such an environment. They are better communicators, team players, critical thinkers and problem solvers – with many becoming active members of our pluralistic society.”
Among the numerous rankings and information concerning more than 1400 schools, U.S. News began offering the campus diversity table in the college guidebook for students and parents who consider integration of different cultural backgrounds as an essential part of the university learning experience. International students were not included in rating formula.
IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland agrees that those who experience diversity as students are better prepared for the life and the workforce.
“It is clear that our society is rapidly becoming more diverse as we enter a new century. With students learning in a diverse setting, they are better prepared to interact in other diverse settings outside of a campus. They are more considerate of other points of view and have an understanding of other perspectives – and in turn, they can be significantly more effective citizens.”
IU Northwest not only has a diverse population, but campus programs reflect cultural education as well. The department of multicultural affairs offers opportunities for personal growth while providing academic advising and support services. The department of women studies offers courses that analyze gender systems of different cultures, and department of minority studies courses examine various minority experiences and problems while preparing a student for the fields of human services and community development. Other cultural education programs and activities specific to the campus divisions are also offered.
The U.S. News college-guide data is from 1998-99 student body information of the institutions included in the guidebook. Included in the calculations were American Indian, Alaskan Natives, Asian, Pacific Islanders, Black Americans who are non-Hispanic, White Americans who are non-Hispanic and Hispanics. IU Northwest’s student body is 71% female and 29% male and are comprised of White Americans 64%, Black Americans 25%, Hispanics 9%, Asian Americans 1% and other groups 1%.
U.S. News and World Report's Campus Diversity Regional Universities: