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CSULB Among Nation’s Top 10 In Awarding Degrees To Hispanics

Published: June 1, 2011

Confirming its status as one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, CSULB is among the top 10 universities in the nation in both the number of master’s and bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.

The information reported in the May issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, is derived from data obtained by the U.S. Department of Education.

CSULB was 10th in the nation in bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics with 1,356 and also 10th in the nation in number of master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics with 343. In both cases, those numbers represented nearly 20 percent of the entire class being awarded degrees. Also, in both cases the number of Hispanic awardees was overwhelmingly female.

“Cal State Long Beach has long, proud history of campus diversity and provides high quality education to Latinos and other traditionally underrepresented groups. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend, and more importantly, to graduate from college. It goes to the heart of the mission of Cal State Long Beach,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “This campus starts working with students and their parents as early as the grade school years to make sure they are prepared for the academic rigors of college. That preparation leads to meaningful and fulfilling lives that give back to society and help strengthen the economy.”

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In rankings by major, CSULB is also in the top 10 in three disciplines — English literature at No. 2 with 121, homeland security at No. 6 with 110, and visual and performing arts at No. 7 with 78.

–Ken Swisher