Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Naval Academy Sees Decline in Minority Applicants

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Naval Academy Sees Decline in Minority Applicants

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ANNAPOLIS, MD.

Naval Academy officials expressed concern in early March over a 22.5 percent drop in minority applicants from last year.

The decline, however, was consistent with an overall drop in applications to the Annapolis military college.

Although the decline only slightly exceeds an overall 21.9 percent decline in applications to the school, Dean David A. Vetter said the academy will increase its minority recruitment efforts beginning this summer.

Minority applications continue to represent about 21 percent of the total applications.

"This year has been a challenge in terms of attracting minority interest," says Vetter, a retired Marine colonel. "But we'll continue to work on this and make it a high priority."

The overall slump is the first in four years for the academy, which saw a surge in applications after the September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. Some experts attribute the drop to the conflict in Iraq, where several academy graduates have been among the casualties. …

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