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University Ranked 10th Nationally For Minority Student Graduates

Published: September 1, 2011

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CSULB has been ranked 10th in the nation in conferring bachelor’s degrees to minority students.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently released its annual list of the “Top 100 Degree Producers,” a list of the best minority degree-awarding institutions of higher education 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.

CSULB’s overall ranking was based on U.S. Department of Education data from the 2009-10 academic year, the most current data available.

The report indicated that 49 percent or 3,193 graduates at CSULB in 2010 were minorities.

“Cal State Long Beach is located in one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the United States, and our graduating class reflects the uniqueness of the student populations that 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 with efforts like the Long Beach College Promise to encourage collegiate enrollment, and even more importantly, student success through graduating. This magazine’s ranking once again confirms our success and progress.”

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 by ethnicity as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines.

By discipline, CSULB was ranked first in family and consumer sciences and English language. It was also in the top 10 in visual and performing arts, liberal arts, health professions, parks and recreation studies, business administration and health and medical administrative services. For master’s degrees it was 11th overall, and public administration, law enforcement, physical sciences communication disorders and foreign languages were in the top 10.

Among individual ethnicities, CSULB ranked seventh in conferring bachelor’s degrees to Native Americans, 10th to Hispanics and 13th for Asian Americans.

CSULB was first nationally in family and consumer science degrees to Hispanics, foreign languages to Native Americans, English degrees to Native Americans, math and statistics to Native Americans, parks and recreation to Native Americans, and health and medical services to Asian Americans.

Among many other top 10 listings, CSULB was in the top 10 in awarding English degrees to African Americans.

–Ken Swisher