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SF State: 13th nationwide in degrees to minorities

July 10, 2006

Detail from the front cover of Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100" issueSF State is ranked 13th nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities, according to a survey published in the June 1 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.

SF State awarded 2,264 undergraduate degrees to minorities in the 2004-05 academic year. Minorities comprised 47 percent of its baccalaureate graduating class, according to the survey. In addition, SF State consistently ranks high in the number of degrees awarded to Asian Americans, scoring 10th nationwide for undergraduate degrees. The University is recognized by national surveys such as U.S. News and World Report for being in the top tier of the nation’s most diverse campuses.

"The entire San Francisco State University community takes great pride each time we are recognized for our longstanding commitment to diversity," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "Students of color flourish at the University in part because our faculty increasingly reflects the diversity of the Bay Area and California."

The rankings are based on the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities at universities across the country, using 2004-05 data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education.

Other highlights from the survey report that SF State:

  • ranked second in education degrees to Asian Americans;
  • ranked second in business degrees to Asian Americans;
  • ranked fifth in ethnic, cultural and gender studies degrees to Asian Americans;
  • ranked fifth in health professions and related clinical sciences degrees to Asian Americans;
  • ranked seventh in business degrees to all minority groups; and
  • ranked eighth in ethnic, cultural and gender studies degrees to all minority groups.

Complete survey results are available on the Diverse Issues in Higher Education Web site.

-- Matt Itelson


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