BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Another bright spotlight is shining this morning on FAU, which has been declared one of the top schools nationally when it comes to graduating Hispanics.
According to the university:
Florida Atlantic University has received high rankings nationally for conferring degrees in engineering, business, and social sciences to Hispanic students, according to a new special survey in the latest issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The national magazine informs leaders from academe, industry and public policy about current trends and issues in the United States.
“These recent survey findings are encouraging and serve as confirmation that our institution values and promotes an increasingly diverse student population,” said Brenda Claiborne, Ph.D., provost and chief academic officer. “We will continue our commitment to attracting and supporting minority populations, as all of our campuses benefit from having a diverse university family.”
With National Hispanic Heritage Month in mind, Diverse based the rankings on recent findings from a survey by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS) and degrees conferred during the 2010-11 academic year.
One of the categories in the survey focused on the number of undergraduate degrees in business, management, marketing and related support services conferred to Hispanic students. FAU moved up the rankings in this category by 17 spots for Hispanic master’s degrees conferred. In the area of undergraduate engineering degrees, FAU had an increase of 54 percent. FAU Hispanic students earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social sciences rose by 27 and 300 percent, respectively.