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Dominguez Hills Among Top 100 Degree Producers
For Minority Students

Carson, CA California State University, Dominguez Hills has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the country to confer the largest number of degrees, both undergraduate and graduate, on minority students.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a national magazine devoted to minority issues in academe, recently released its annual “Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers” and “Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers” rankings. 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 2005-06 academic year, the magazine ranked universities not only on how many degrees were granted overall to minority students, but also gave separate rankings by race, specifically African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American, for specific fields of study.

Overall, Cal State Dominguez Hills ranked 45th and 39th in granting undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively, to minorities. When compared to other California universities, CSUDH fared even better. It was 19th in granting bachelor’s degrees and ninth in granting master’s.

Sixty-nine percent of students receiving bachelor’s degrees from the university in the 2005-06 academic year were minorities; that figure was 49% for those receiving master’s degrees.

The university ranked first among California institutions in the total number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively, handed out to African Americans (50th and 37th among all universities ranked). Also in that particular racial group, Dominguez Hills ranked 40th for undergraduate degrees in English (seventh in California); and for graduate degrees: 23rd in education (second in California); 33rd in biology and biomedical sciences (third in California); 36th in English (third in California); 50th in health professions and related clinical sciences (second in California—one of only two California schools in that ranking); and 42nd in social sciences (fourth among California schools).

The university’s ranking was 18th in the health professions and related clinical services category for the number of Asian Americans receiving bachelor’s degrees in those fields; and 24th in the education category among that ethnic group for master’s degrees.

While the university ranked in the top 50 in many of the rankings’ degree categories by minority group, it ranked especially high in the number of degrees, both undergraduate and graduate, awarded to Hispanics.

The university’s highest ranking in the magazine’s report was third among all universities in the study —for the number of master’s degrees handed out to Hispanic students in the field of English language, literature and letters. In that same category, Dominguez Hills ranked seventh based on the total number of minorities, which includes additional minority groups not specified, receiving that degree. Among California institutions, Dominguez Hills was second in awarding English degrees to Hispanics and third when all minorities were considered.

Additionally, the university ranked 13th in two other categories — for the number of bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and statistics (sixth in California) and for the number of graduate degrees in education handed out to Hispanics (fifth in California). Dominguez Hills also ranked 17th in the number of master’s degrees in education conferred on the total number of minorities (fourth in California).

Other high rankings were 20th, 21st and 29th for bachelor’s degrees in the areas of business, management, marketing or related services, health professions and related clinical sciences, and English language and literature/letters, respectively, conferred on Hispanics.

“CSU Dominguez Hills has long distinguished itself by its graduation numbers for students of color,” says Provost Allen Mori. “Our rich diversity provides a context for student success because faculty, staff and administration are committed to providing a learning environment that recognizes students’ academic needs and capitalizes on their strengths. We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments.”

For more information on the rankings visit http://www.diverseeducation.com/Top100DegreeProducers2007Undergraduate.asp and http://www.diverseeducation.com/Top100GraduateDegreeProducers2007.asp

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California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.













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