Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine has ranked California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) eighth in the nation in conferring bachelor's degrees to minority students. It also ranked CSULB:
In all, CSULB awarded undergraduate degrees to more than 3,190 minority students, who made up nearly 49 percent of the 2008 graduating class.
The rankings were 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.
CSULB was also seventh in the nation in conferring bachelor's degrees to Hispanics, and
CSULB scored top-10 rankings in other ethnicities and academic disciplines, including:
"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.