CSU Dominguez Hills One of Nation’s Top 100 Degree Producers for Minority Students
California State University, Dominguez Hills is among the top 100 universities in the nation to confer the most degrees, both undergraduate and graduate, on students of color.
The magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently released its annual “Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers” and “Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers” rankings, and CSU Dominguez Hills ranked as high as 17th in the nation in one of the undergraduate discipline categories. Using graduation data reported by two- and four-year institutions to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics for the 2008–09 academic year, the magazine ranked universities not only on how many degrees were granted overall to minority students, specifically African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American, but also gave separate rankings by ethnicity for specific fields of study.
The university saw its highest undergraduate ranking—17 out of 100—in the number of Hispanic students earning bachelor’s degrees in math. It was ninth in the number of Asian American students earning master’s degrees in health sciences. In the overall ranking combining all disciplines and minority groups, CSU Dominguez Hills ranked 52nd in granting bachelor’s degrees and 53rd in granting master’s degrees.
Other highlights in the undergraduate ranking include a 36th place for Hispanics in all disciplines, a 37th for Asian Americans earning health science degrees, a 40th for total minorities who were math majors, and 56th in degrees earned in all disciplines by African American students.
Highlights from the graduate ranking include a rank of 15 for the total number of minorities receiving health science master’s degrees, a 27 for total minorities receiving advanced degrees in education, 40 for Hispanics earning degrees in all disciplines and a 50 for degrees to African Americans in all disciplines.
CSU Dominguez Hills granted undergraduate degrees to 1,324 minority students in 2008–09, or 68 percent of the overall class, and master’s degrees to 467 minority students, or 50.2 percent. Hispanics represented the largest minority group who received their undergraduate degrees in 2008–2009 at nearly 40 percent, while African American students represented the largest minority group earning their master’s at 20.2 percent of the total number of receiving advanced degrees.
For more information on the rankings, visit diverseeducation.com/top100/BachelorsDegreeProducers2010.php or diverseeducation.com/top100/GraduateDegreeProducers2010.php
- Amy Bentley-Smith