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CSULB Ranks Eighth in Awarding Bachelor’s Degrees to Minorities

Published: July 15, 2009

Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine has ranked CSULB eighth in the nation in conferring bachelor’s degrees to minority students.

The university awarded undergraduate degrees to more than 3,190 minority students who made up nearly 49 percent of its 2008 graduating class.

The ranking was part of the magazine’s 2009 special report on the “Top 100 Degree Producers,” a list of the best minority degree awarders among institutions of higher learning in the United States. It is the only national report that showcases U.S. colleges’ and universities’ success in awarding degrees to African-American, Latino, Asian-American and Native-American students.

“Cal State Long Beach is located in one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the United States, and our graduating class does reflect the diverse populations of the areas we serve,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “This campus has made a concerted effort for years to reach out to all K-12 students and their parents in this community to encourage college enrollment, and the magazine once again has confirmed our success.”

The Diverse “Top 100” is the only national analysis to use the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. Using these statistics, rankings were created in the total number of baccalaureate degrees awarded at every university and college in the nation as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines.

CSULB ranked in the top 10 overall within three specific fields of study in the survey. The campus ranked first in the nation in awarding degrees in English languages and literature by awarding 221 undergraduate degrees, third in visual and performing arts conferring 217 degrees, and ranked fifth in health professions and related clinical sciences with 267.

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Among ethnicities, CSULB ranked especially high in awarding degrees to Hispanic students. In all disciplines combined, the university was seventh in the nation, conferring 1,487 bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics.

By discipline, the campus ranked second in awarding Hispanic students English language and literature degrees. CSULB also ranked fifth in conferring the same group visual and performing arts degrees, and ninth in both foreign languages, literatures and linguistics and in mathematics and statistics degrees, as well as 10th in philosophy and religious studies in ethnic degrees.

CSULB scored top-10 rankings in other ethnicities and academic disciplines, including:

• Asian-American: second in both visual and performing arts and health professions and related clinical sciences; seventh in English language and literature and letters, and ninth in both business, management, marketing, and related support services and in area, ethnic, cultural and gender studies;
• African-American: ranked 10th in English language and literature and letters;
• American Indian: third in both foreign languages, literatures and linguistics and in English language and literature and letters.

The 2009 “Top 100” marks the 18th consecutive year that Diverse has produced this research.