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SF State ranks among national leaders for producing minority graduates

June 28, 2010 -- SF State is ranked 14th nationally for awarding undergraduate degrees to minority students, according to a report published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine on June 10.The University also ranked high in the number of graduate degrees awarded to minorities according to a July 8 report in the magazine.

A photo of an SF State graduate at Commencement exercises

SF State awarded 2,615 baccalaureate degrees to minorities during the 2008-09 academic year, representing 48 percent of the graduating students. The University ranked ninth for awarding undergraduate degrees to Asian Americans in all disciplines, and 27th for awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanic graduates.

The University ranked 24th in the nation for the number of master’s degrees awarded to Asian Americans and 45th in master's degrees awarded to Hispanic students. SF State ranked 100th for graduate degrees conferred on Native Americans.

“Our commitment to fostering a diverse campus community is an essential part of our commitment to social justice,” SF State President Robert A. Corrigan said.  “We are pleased by the recognition, but there is still much work to do.”

The Diverse Issues in Higher Education report reflects data collected for the 2008-09 academic year and is the second round in a three-year transition to new racial/ethnic categories.

Other highlights from the survey report that SF State ranked:

  • Second in education degrees to Asian Americans, and 20th in education degrees to Hispanics;
  • Fourth in business degrees to Asian Americans;
  • Seventeenth in biological and biomedical sciences degrees to Asian Americans and 41st in similar degrees to Hispanics.
  • Twentieth in social sciences and history degrees to Asian Americans and 28th in similar degrees to Hispanics.

The University has long been committed to increasing access to higher education for minorities. Such programs as SF ROCKS and Step to College have demonstrated SF State’s commitment to social justice and ensured educational opportunities for students of minority backgrounds.

Updated 7/14/10

-- Denize Springer


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