BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Florida Atlantic University is being honored today as one of the top 100 universities when it comes to degrees awarded upon minority students.
Here’s the school’s announcement:
Florida Atlantic University was ranked one of the top 100, four-year colleges in the nation conferring bachelor’s degrees on to minority students, according to a survey in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a magazine published bi-weekly that informs leaders from academe, industry and public policy about current trends and issues that are going on in the United States.
The National Center for Education Statistics tracked the 2010-11 academic year from U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by all postsecondary institutions.
“To be ranked in the nation’s top 100 schools for minorities within several categories is a true indicator of FAU’s success in its mission to provide access to education,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “The University takes pride in its diverse student population, proactively promoting cultures from all walks of life.”
FAU ranks 37th in the nation for conferring bachelor’s degrees on to all minorities combined, who represent 44 percent of the total number of graduates, and is an 8 percent increase over the previous year.
The newly released survey indicates that FAU ranks 17th in the nation for conferring bachelor’s degrees on to African-American students. FAU is 32nd in the nation for conferring bachelors’ degrees on to Hispanic students, who account for 20 percent of the total number of graduates, and is a 9 percent increase over the previous year. Finally, FAU saw an increase of 39 percent in conferring bachelor’s degrees on to Asian-Americans, ranking 94th in the nation.
FAU also ranks in 17th place among the top 100 degree producers among traditionally white institutions.
FAU recently was ranked 27th in campus ethnic diversity among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 best college rankings. The magazine identified colleges and universities where students are most likely to encounter other students from ethnic or racial groups different from their own.