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SF State ranks among national leaders for producing minority graduates


SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2010 -- San Francisco State University is ranked 14th nationally for awarding undergraduate degrees to minority students, according to a report published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on June 10. 

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.

“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 socials 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 the Step to College Program have demonstrated SF State’s commitment to social justice and ensured educational opportunities for students of minority backgrounds.

SF State is the only master’s level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls more than 30,000 students each year. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields – from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communications arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies – the University’s more than 180,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.




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