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Cal State Fullerton Moves Up in National Ranking For Awarding Degrees to Minorities


June 19, 2003 :: No. 265

Class of 2003Cal State Fullerton has climbed to fourth in the nation among institutions awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students, as reported this month in Black Issues in Higher Education.

The rankings are based on 2001-2002 data submitted by institutions of higher education to the U.S. Department of Education.

Cal State Fullerton is ranked highest overall among California State University campuses in the annual “Top 100 Degree Producers” report on the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minorities. Last year, the campus was in sixth place nationally, up from seventh in 2001, 10th in 2000 and 12th in 1999.

“This steady rise in the number of minority students successfully completing degree programs at Cal State Fullerton is a testament to the students’ hard work, the quality of our faculty and the overall appeal of our university,” said CSUF President Milton A. Gordon, who is completing his 13th year as president. “We see our diversity as a distinctive resource that furthers our institution’s global outlook.”

In addition to the overall standing, Cal State Fullerton is recognized as sixth in the nation for awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanics and 10th for undergraduate degrees awarded to Asian-Americans.

By undergraduate academic programs, the university also is ranked:
• third in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees in business to Asian-Americans and 13th for business degrees to Hispanics;
• third in education degrees awarded to both Asian-Americans and Hispanics;
• eighth in awarding degrees in ethnic studies to Hispanics;
• 12th for social sciences and history degrees awarded to Hispanics.

The “Top 100 Degree Producers” report was published in the June 5 issue of Black Issues in Higher Education.

Additional information is available on the Web at www.blackissues.com.

Media Contact: Paula Selleck of Public Affairs at 657-278-2414 or pselleck@fullerton.edu

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