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“Diverse Issues in Higher Education” Ranking

Published: September 18, 2017

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In the most recent list of the “Top 100 Degree Producers” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, CSULB is ranked third in the nation in conferring baccalaureate degrees to minority students.

“This high ranking confirms our efforts to be inclusive and we are extremely proud of the university’s national ranking among U.S. institutions of higher learning in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. “I commend our faculty and staff for their commitment to student success.”

The “Top 100” is a list of the best minority degree-awarding institutions of higher education in the United States. It is the only national report that highlights U.S. colleges’ and universities’ success in awarding degrees to African-American, Asian-American, Latino and Native-American students.

Based on U.S. Department of Education data from the 2015-16 academic year (the most current data available), CSULB conferred bachelor’s degrees to 5,264 minority students, a number that represented 68 percent of all the baccalaureate degrees awarded at the university that year and marks a 7 percent increase from the prior year.

The Diverse Issues’ “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 or disciplines.

Among individual ethnicities, CSULB ranked sixth nationally in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students and 10th to Asian Americans.

By discipline, CSULB ranked No. 1 in awarding undergraduate degrees to minority students in family and consumer sciences, No. 2 in visual and performing arts, and No. 4 in history.

For a complete list of CSULB’s national rankings in awarding baccalaureate degrees to minority students, visit the Diverse Issues in Higher Education “Top 100” webpage.

–Shayne Schroeder