In the most recent listing of the “Top 100 Degree Producers” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is ranked ninth in the nation in conferring baccalaureate degrees to minority students. In the previous year’s list, CSULB ranked 10th.
The “Top 100” is a list of the best minority degree-awarding institutions of higher education in the United States. It is the only national report that showcases U.S. colleges’ and universities’ success in awarding degrees to African-American, Asian-American, Latino and Native-American students.
Based on U.S. Department of Education data from the 2010-11 academic year (the most current data available), CSULB conferred bachelor’s degrees to 3,616 minority students, a number that represented 54 percent of all baccalaureate degrees awarded at the university that year.
“The greater Long Beach community is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the United States. The student enrollment and graduating classes at Cal State Long Beach should reflect that diversity, and it does,” noted CSULB President F. King Alexander. “For years, this campus has made a concerted effort to reach out to local K-12 students and their parents to encourage collegiate enrollment, and even more importantly, graduating. Diverse Issues’ ranking once again confirms our success and progress.”
The Diverse Issues “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 university and college in the nation by ethnicity as well as specific figures in major fields of study or disciplines.
Among individual ethnicities, CSULB ranked third nationally in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Native Americans, ninth to Hispanics, and 10th to Asian Americans. All three were improvements over the previous year’s listing.
By discipline, CSULB ranked No. 1 in awarding undergraduate degrees to minority students in three different major areas—family and consumer sciences, English language and literature, and the visual and performing arts. The campus also ranked among the top 10 in six other individual disciplines: health professions (No. 5), parks, recreation and leisure studies (No. 6), history (No. 6), health and medical administrative services (No. 8), liberal arts (No. 9) and business administration (No. 9).