Webster University Recognized for Diverse Graduates

Webster University's graduate degree-seeking student population is the largest diverse graduate student body at a private, non-profit university, according to recently released survey published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

ST. LOUIS – Webster University's graduate degree-seeking student population represents the largest number of individuals of diverse backgrounds among all traditional, non-profit U.S. higher education institutions, according to recently released survey published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education (DIHE). The “Top 100 Degree Producers” survey for 2013 is the only national report of graduate degrees earned by African American, Hispanic, Asian American and American Indian students by U.S. colleges and universities.

Webster has consistently achieved top rankings since DIHE began publishing the survey in 1991.

This year, Webster's national rankings include:

  • First among traditional non-profit universities in Total Minority and African American master's degrees, all disciplines combined.
  • Twelfth in Hispanic master's degrees, all disciplines combined.

In the category of African American master's degrees, all disciplines combined, Webster's enrollment jumped from 1,502 last year to 1,643 this year, an increase of 9 percent. Currently, African Americans represent 30 percent of the University's graduate student population.

Further demonstrating the University's commitment to diversity, two Webster administrators – Senior Vice President, Provost and Chief Operating Officer Julian Schuster and Interim Associate Vice President and Director of Online Programs Thao Dang-Williams – as well as Webster alumna Vanessa Davis, senior quality engineer at bioMerieux, Inc., have been named recipients of the St. Louis Business Journal's 2013 Diverse Business Leader awards. The awards promote diversity around race, sexual orientation and disability in the St. Louis regional business community. The Diverse Business Leader awards section will appear in the Sept. 13 issue of the Business Journal, the same day that an awards luncheon will be held in downtown St. Louis.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.