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SF State ranks 13th nationwide in awarding degrees to minorities



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


National survey also lists University second in business, education degrees to Asian Americans

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2006 -- San Francisco State University 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 2004-2005 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," SF State 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 2004-2005 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.

SF State is the only master's-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls about 29,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University's more than 150,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.


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