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Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Names Top 100 Degree Producers

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Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Names Top 100 Degree Producers

FAIRFAX, Va. — In its August 23, 2018 edition Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine identifies the Top 100 institutions awarding degrees to minority students.

The data, compiled exclusively for Diverse by Dr. Rhonda V. Sharpe, founder and president of the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race, is the only national report on the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to award degrees to African-American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American students.

The Top 100 report is the only national analysis using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education (2016-17 academic year).

Using these statistics Dr. Sharpe has created rankings in the total number of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees awarded to minority students at every public American institution of higher education, as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines. This marks the 27th consecutive year that Diverse (formerly Black Issues In Higher Education) has produced this original research.

Among the significant findings in the 2018 report:

• Minorities as a group are still underrepresented in degrees conferred relative to their share of the U.S. population.
• The share of STEM degrees earned relative to 2015-16 increased for all minority groups.
• Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) are included in the top 10 African-American bachelor’s list; Florida A&M University (fifth), Howard University (eighth) and N.C. A&T State University (ninth).
• Haskell Indian Nations University ranked eleventh, up from thirteenth in 2015-16, and remains the #1 Tribal college producer of Native American bachelor’s degrees.
• California State University – Los Angeles (third) jumped nine places from 2015-16; knocking the University of Texas at Austin (eleventh) out of the top ten for Hispanic bachelor’s degrees.
• Grand Canyon University, not on the top 100 list in 2013, now ranks ninth replacing the University of Phoenix as a top 10 producer of Asian American master’s degrees.

Since 1984, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine has been the nation’s premier publication covering the issues pertaining to underrepresented groups in American higher education. Reaching more than 200,000 readers online and biweekly in print, Diverse has been lauded for its in-depth news coverage, provocative commentary, insightful special reports and original research. A comprehensive presentation of Top 100 degree statistics can be found here.

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