Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine has ranked CSULB No. 7 in the nation in conferring bachelor's degrees to students of color. The university awarded undergraduate degrees to more than 2,927 minority students, who made up nearly 48 percent of its 2007 graduating class.
The ranking was part of the magazine's 2008 special report on the "Top 100 Undergraduate 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 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 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 American college as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines.
In specific fields of study among all ethnic groups, CSULB ranked among the Top 10 colleges and universities. The campus ranked No. 2 in awarding degrees in English languages and literature, No. 7 in the areas of ethnic, cultural and gender studies, and ranked No. 4 in health professions and related clinical sciences.
Among ethnicities, 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 Hispanics.
By discipline, the campus ranked No. 2 in awarding Hispanic students English language and literature degrees, No. 6 in conferring the same group health professions and related clinical services degrees, No. 8 in ethnic, cultural and gender studies degrees, and No. 8 in business degrees.
CSULB also scored top-10 rankings in other ethnicities and academic disciplines, including:
to Asian American students —
- No. 3 in the nation in conferring baccalaureate degrees in the English language and literature
- No. 3 in health professions and related clinical services
- No. 13 to this group in conferring bachelor's degrees in ethnic, cultural, and gender studies;
to African American students —
- No. 4 in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in the area of ethnic, cultural, and gender studies
- No. 14 to this group in English language and literature degrees.
The 2008 "Top 100" marks the 17th consecutive year that Diverse has produced this research.