University of Kentucky Takes Steps to Recruit More Black Students

This past fall 151 black first-year students enrolled at the University of Kentucky. This enrollment figure was down a whopping 41 percent from the fall of 2004.

Now the University of Kentucky is taking steps to avoid a second bad year in recruiting black students. Six new admissions officers were hired. Three of the new hires are African Americans. The university is adding $500,000 to the Parker Scholarship program that was created to increase racial diversity on campus. A mentoring program has been established where current African-American students at the university are assigned black high school students to help them with all aspects of the admissions process.

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