Tiffin University is among the nation's private colleges and universities with large increases in African American student graduation rates.
In 2011, there were 60 African American graduates and, in 2012, there were 99 African American graduates, said Jeremy Marinis, TU dean of admissions and financial aid.
"Our ability to increase graduation rates of African-American learners is a result of our dedication and implementation of appropriate structures, which foster organizational commitment to diversity," said Sharon Perry-Nause, director of institutional diversity at TU.
She said the recognition "confirms the success of our efforts in establishing institutional policies, procedures and practices that visibly reflect our level of commitment."
Perry-Nause and other members of institutional diversity developed a strategic plan to assist in the success of TU's students.
The first goal is to create a university that is welcoming to diverse populations.
"We live in a diverse world," Perry-Nause said. "We should learn from each other and collaborate and educate."
TU President Paul Marion said the school provides a variety of services and "we are proud of the fact that the graduation rate for our students, including black students, continues to increase."
There are several organizations on campus designed to assist diverse students. The Student African American Brotherhood, for example, is an organization that promotes diversity while striving to be positive role models and contributing citizens.
Malcom Keith said his goal as SAAB president is to host regular meetings and educate students to turn negative notions into positive ones.
SAAB, which has 40 members, tries to recreate a home feeling for those who may not feel at home in Tiffin, he said.
Another organization is Black United Students, an educational component for multicultural organizations that assists in providing education about African Americans, Afro-Americans, blacks, etc., according to BUS President Nathan Strickland.
BUS meets weekly and members discuss a variety of subjects. It hosts mainly black-centered events and presentations.
"We wish to connect members who are struggling in any aspect of their life with someone or a certain resource that can assist them in their time of troubles and tribulations," Strickland said.
Other TU organizations are VOICE, Student African American Sisterhood, Latino American Student Organization, World Student Association, Chinese Student and Scholar Friendship Association and Gay, Lesbian, Alliance and Straight Supporters.