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Just the Stats: American Indians at a Glance

Although the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred to American Indians appears flat in the graphs below, it is largely because of their small numbers. In fact, American Indians, along with Blacks and Asians, have experienced comparable growth in the percentage change in bachelor’s degrees conferred from 1995 to 2005, between 4.5 and 4.7 percent. American Indian women overwhelmingly earn the most bachelor’s degrees, outpacing their male counterparts 62 to 38 percent, respectively as of 2005-06. Unfortunately, this trend is not unique to American Indians, as the rates are similar in the Black and Hispanic communities at 66 to 34 percent and 61 to 39 percent respectively.

In the area of graduate education, Americans Indians are most likely to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in education and firstprofessional degrees in law. And as reported in our 2007 “Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers” edition, the fastest growing disciplinary areas in master’s degrees conferred to American Indians were philosophy and religion.

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