Newark Branch NAACP writes Joint Finance Committee on racial disparities at the University of Delaware


Dear Representative Melanie George Smith & Senator Harris McDowell, III

Co-Chairs of the Joint Finance Committee:

We are writing in regard to the issue of Racial Disparities at the University of Delaware in Newark -UD Campus. We have spoken to the President of the UD College Chapter of the NAACP and she expressed concern about the retention of underrepresented low income students at college. The University of Delaware initially started an initiative to decrease the Racial Diversity gap on December 10, 2011 when the African American population at UD was 5.2 percent of the undergraduates at UD. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education cited the University of Delaware for its lack of racial diversity. At that point, the African American population was 21 percent of the state population.

On the Newark Campus in the Fall of 2014 the student population was 17, 412 undergraduate enrolling in the 4 year programs as reported by University Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness with:

13,246-            White

897-            African Americans

438-            Hispanics

1,289-           Asian

12-            Native Americans

1,530 –            Other (two or more races or non-specified)


For White females who started in 2009, rate was (73.3%) graduated in 4 years. Black females who started in 2009, rate was (50.9%) graduated in 2009 -White men graduated at rate at (61.2%) and Black men graduated at a rate of (39.3 %). The disparity was the relative same rates for 5 or 6 yeas to graduate. The Center for Diversity doesn’t address the fact of disparity. Hispanic and Blacks are very low on all reports. Minorities are much less likely to graduate within 6year than white student at UD.

The 6 year graduations rates for black woman versus white woman is 85.9 % versus 65.6% and the graduations rate among white men (80.6%) versus black men (59.8 %). The rates are even more dramatic if you look at 4 year graduation rates.

The UD Comparison Diversity Index, according to the U.S. News & World Report, for the 2013-2014 school year was .35, which is very low. The rates are based on a 0 to 1 scale and UD is way down the list. In comparison, Rutgers Diversity Index, according to the U.S. News & World Report, in the same period in 2013-2014 was .75. The University of Delaware has to do better.





Gary Hayman, President

Newark DE Branch

2 comments on “Newark Branch NAACP writes Joint Finance Committee on racial disparities at the University of Delaware”

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  2. Steven Reply

    Note: my statistics were gathered from

    Mr. Gary Hayman.

    While reviewing the statistics, did you take the following into account?

    1. Asian students as compared to White students? I do not see you calculating the Asian graduation rates. you seem to want to only focus on Latinos and blacks and compare them to whites. If “Minorities are much less likely to graduate within 6 year than white student at UD” as you have stated I am sure you care about the Asian graduation rate? They are minorities are they not?

    2. Their are many Historically Black Universities close to The University of Delaware, most notably Lincoln University which is dominated by black students. As a matter of fact over 90% of the student body is black. Did you take into account that many black students that would otherwise go to UD are possibly attending these Universities.

    3. At Lincoln University the graduation rate of black students is 37.8%. If anything UD is outperforming. They are doing BETTER then a historically black university close by.

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