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Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.

#007-- August 19, 1999
Contact: Merrik Bush-Pirkle/John Essex
Phone: (415) 338-1665
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SFSU a national leader in awarding baccalaureate degrees to minorities

National survey ranks San Francisco State University 2nd in the nation for awarding business degrees to Asian Americans, while the number of Hispanics earning science degrees at SFSU has jumped 76.8 percent, reflecting the university's current ranking as one of the top 25 academic institutions for Hispanics.

San Francisco, CA, August 19, 1999In an annual survey measuring the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to people of color, San Francisco State University again ranked among the highest in the nation. According to the survey published in the July issue of Black Issues in Higher Education, SFSU ranked 11th in the nation for awarding baccalaureate degrees to minorities, a 3.6 percent increase over the previous two years.

SFSU also ranked consistently high in the number of degrees awarded to Asian Americans, scoring 8th overall nationally. San Francisco State awarded more business management and administrative services degrees to Asian Americans than any other school in the nation with the exception of the University of Hawaii-Manoa. The university also scored among the top ten in a number of other academic disciplines for the same ethnic group. The university was 3rd in the nation in awarding both education and communic ations bachelor's degrees; 4th in awarding both communications and health professions degrees; 8th in awarding psychology degrees; and 9th in awarding English language, literature and letters degrees.

The study also reflected a dramatic increase in the number of science degrees awarded to Hispanics. During the previous two years for which data was compiled for the Black Issues ranking, 76.8 percent more Hispanics earned degrees in health professions and related science fields at SFSU, while 60 percent more earned degrees in biological and life sciences. In addition, SFSU ranked 26th in the nation for the number of degrees awarded to Hispanics in ethnic/cultural studies, and ranked 25th and 37 th respectively for conferring degrees in psychology and journalism.

These increases have strengthened SFSU's reputation as an institution with a demonstrated commitment to diversity. Hispanic Magazine recently published a survey in which the university ranked among the top 25 academic institutions in the nation for Hispanics.

In other highlights from the Black Issues study, SFSU tied for 29th with Arizona State and the University of the District of Columbia for the number of communications degrees awarded to African Americans, while also ranking among the nations best in awarding ethnic/cultural studies degrees to African Americans.

The survey was conducted by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis using data compiled by the United States Department of Education. The survey is published annually by Black Issues in Higher Education.

Throughout 1999 the university is celebrating its centennial year of service to San Francisco, the Bay Area, California and beyond. With a highly diverse community of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff, San Francisco State University is one of the largest campuses in the nationally recognized 23-campus California State University system.

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