UM’s 2013 Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education Award was presented to the Patterson School of Accountancy during the university’s doctoral hooding ceremony last year on May 10.
Don Cole, assistant to the chancellor for multicultural affairs, introduced Dean W. Mark Wilder and Associate Dean Dale Flesher, and complimented the accountancy school for being chosen to receive the inaugural award.
“Over the years, this academic unit has been quietly building expertise in diversity while ‘unquietly’ building a national premier reputation academically,” Cole said. “In their application (for this award), the school maintains that 40 percent of their on-campus Ph.D. students are from diverse populations (African Americans), a statistic that caught the attention of the selection committee. Moreover, they lead all other Southeastern Conference schools in this statistic.”
The award was established as a result of the Graduate School receiving a national award several years ago, recognizing its efforts to create an inclusive environment for graduate education. In its award application, the school proposed annual recognition of an individual or program that best exemplifies the ideals of enhancing inclusiveness in graduate education, explained Graduate School Dean John Z. Kiss, who presided at the ceremony.
“An important goal of the Graduate School is to promote diversity in our student body and academic programs,” Kiss said. “The university is proud of the success of its minority and international students and attempts to provide a supportive environment for all graduate students.”