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Diverse Issues in Higher Education Ranks CSULB 21st in Nation

Published: September 15, 2009

CSULB ranks 21st in the nation in awarding graduate degrees to minority students, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, which recently released its 2009 list of “Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers.”

It was clearly a move up for the CSULB campus, which was ranked 27th in the previous list. In fact, the university moved forward in a number of different categories on the list, including a move to No. 9 from No. 14 in awarding graduate degrees to Hispanic students and to No. 23 from No. 30 in awarding graduate degrees to students of Asian descent.

“We’re extremely proud of the university’s national ranking among U.S. institutions of higher learning in awarding graduate degrees to minority students,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “I believe it is an area in which we can continue to improve, but not without additional support from our legislative leaders in Sacramento. It is imperative that funding for state public education be restored, including to the CSU system. Without it, California institutions may find themselves dropping from such rankings and helping fewer students of color.”

CSULB found itself among the Top 10 in several discipline categories. CSULB ranked No. 4 nationally in awarding graduate degrees in English language and literature to minority students and No. 6 in the mathematic and statistics category. Additionally, the campus garnered Top-10 rankings in a trio of new disciplines added to the list this year: No. 4 in awarding graduate degrees in foreign languages, literatures and linguistics; No. 4 in public administration and social service professions; and No. 5 in philosophy and religious studies.

Among individual rankings, CSULB was No. 2 nationally in awarding English language and literature graduate degrees to Asian American students, No. 2 in awarding graduate degrees in philosophy and religious studies to Hispanic students, and No. 2 in awarding Hispanic students graduate degrees in the public administration and social service professions.

In the mathematic and statistics category, CSULB earned a No. 4 national ranking in awarding graduate degrees to Hispanic students and a No. 6 ranking in awarding the same degree to Asian students. Overall, the university ranked No. 9 nationally in awarding graduate degrees to Hispanic students in all disciplines combined.