- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth University is planning to examine why fewer black students from the Richmond area attend the school despite diversity in its undergraduate enrollment.

Officials say the university has seen a decline in applications, acceptances and enrollments of under-represented minorities. The sharpest drop has been in black students from the Richmond area.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1Do6rRm ) that VCU has seen a 32 percent decline in black students who enrolled from area schools during the past four years.

Retired university president Eugene Trani will co-chair a task force studying enrollment trends that will focus on 21 school districts in central Virginia.

VCU also plans to bring in a national consultant to study why its faculty is not as diverse as its student body.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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