Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently ranked CSULB sixth in the nation in the conferring of bachelor’s degrees to students of color.
The ranking was part of the magazine’s 2006 special report on the “Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers,” a list of the best minority degree producers among institutions of higher learning in the United States. It is the only national report on the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to award degrees to African American, Latino, Asian American and American Indian students.
“For a number of years now, we have been a national leader in conferring undergraduate degrees to minority students, and it is a ranking of which we are extremely proud,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “Still, I believe there is room to do more. Our university sits in one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the United States, and we need to do everything we can to reach out into these communities and educate as many of these young people as we possibly can.”
The Diverse “Top 100” is the only national analysis to use the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education (2004-05 academic year). Using these statistics, rankings were created in the total number of baccalaureate degrees awarded at every American college as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines.
According to “The Top 100” rankings, CSULB excels in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students in English, ranking No. 3 in the nation. Within that field of study, CSULB ranked No. 5 in conferring English degrees to Asian American and Hispanic students, No. 7 for American Indian students and No. 12 for African American students.
CSULB ranked especially high in awarding degrees to Hispanic students. In all disciplines combined, the university was No. 6 in the nation in conferring bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students, including ranking No. 5 in awarding English degrees, No. 5 in mathematics degrees, No. 6 in psychology degrees and No. 7 in business management degrees.