Um Board Seeks More Minorities Black Students, Faculty Too Few, President Says

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The president of the University of Missouri and the chancellors of its four campuses say they plan to do more to attract and keep black students and faculty members.

The university has "serious under-representation of racial and ethnic minorities," George Russell, president of the university system, told the Board of Curators on Thursday.

Since 1984, the number of black students and faculty members in the system has grown by only 1 percent - to 6.6 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

The St. Louis campus has the best record. This fall, 1,440 black students, representing 12.5 percent of the student body, are enrolled. Black faculty members have tripled to 27 in the last five years. And officials say more blacks graduate from UMSL than from any other public university in the state.

The Kansas City campus has a 6.2 percent black enrollment, down from 7.7 percent in 1984. But the campus leads the system in the number of blacks - 181 - who received graduate and professional degrees from 1989-1992. The Columbia and Rolla campuses each have about 4 percent black enrollment and 3 percent black faculty.

Columbia Chancellor Charles Kiesler said the campus is trying to get more scholarships and is developing a programs to help blacks prepare for college in the summer and to tutor them for their first two years on campus. …

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