Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently ranked CSULB eighth in the nation in conferring bachelor's degrees to students of color.The university awarded undergraduate degrees to more than 2,900 minority students, who made up 46 percent of its 2006 graduating class.
The ranking was part of the magazine's 2007 special report on the "Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers," a list of the best minority degree sources among United States institutions of higher learning. 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 Native American students.
"Cal State Long Beach is located in one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the United States, and our graduating class should reflect the diverse populations of the areas we serve," said CSULB President F. King Alexander."We're extremely proud of the university's national ranking among U.S. institutions of higher learning in graduating minority students, but I believe we can do more, and that is something we will strive to do at Cal State Long Beach."
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 American college as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines. According to this year's "The Top 100" rankings, CSULB excels in awarding bachelor's degrees to minority students in English language and literature, ranking No. 4 in the nation, ranking well in the discipline among all ethnic groups, including No. 4 in conferring English degrees to Hispanic students, No. 5 to Asian American and Native American students, and No. 19 to African American students.
The Long Beach campus also ranked among the Top 10 colleges and universities in awarding degrees to minority students in the academic areas of ethnic, cultural and gender studies (No. 8); business, management and marketing (No. 9); and health professions and related clinical sciences (No. 9). Among ethnicities, CSULB ranked especially high in awarding degrees on Hispanic students. In all disciplines combined, the university was No. 6 in the nation in conferring bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students. By discipline, the campus ranked No. 4 in awarding Hispanic students English language and literature degrees, No. 6 in ethnic, cultural and gender studies degrees and No. 8 in business degrees.
CSULB also scored top-15 rankings in other ethnicities and academic disciplines, including:
- No. 5 in the nation in conferring baccalaureate degrees to Asian American students in the health professions and related clinical sciences
- No. 10 in the nation in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Asian American students in business, management and marketing
- No. 12 in conferring bachelor’s degrees in psychology to Hispanic students.
The 2007 "Top 100" marks the 16th consecutive year that Diverse (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education) has produced this research.