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NAU ranks among top institutions for minority students earning degrees

Northern Arizona University ranks fourth in the nation for conferring the highest number of master’s degrees to Native American students and first for graduating Native American students with master’s degrees in education.

The rankings are produced by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine’s annual report which recognizes institutions that confer the largest number of degrees to minority students based on the 2008-09 academic school year.

NAU earned multiple top 10 rankings for minority master’s degree production, including 10th for master’s in education for all minority groups and also for master's degrees in education awarded to Hispanics. In all, the university received 10 rankings for graduating minority students with master’s degrees.

The report ranks doctoral degrees for this first time this year and NAU ranks 12th, 71st and 89th for graduating Native Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans, respectively.  

The university also excels in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities in specific disciplines, with seven top 10 rankings, six of which fall under graduating Native American students.

Here is how NAU ranks among other institutions for minority education:  

Bachelor's degrees

Fourth in the nation for degrees in education for Native Americans
Fourth for degrees in physical sciences for Native Americans
Fifth for degrees in engineering for Native Americans
Sixth for degrees in heath professions and related clinical sciences for Native Americans
Seventh for degrees in social sciences and history for Native Americans
Eighth for degrees in education for Hispanics
12th for degrees in business management, marketing and related support services for Native Americans
16th for degrees in biological and biomedical sciences for Native Americans
16th for degrees in psychology for Native Americans
34th for degrees in education for Asian Americans
38th for degrees in physical sciences for Hispanics
     
Master's degrees  

First in the nation for degrees in education for Native Americans  
Fourth for degrees in all disciplines for Native Americans  
10th for degrees in education for all minority groups  
10th for degrees in education for Hispanics  
11th for degrees in physical sciences for Hispanics  
16th for degrees in English language and literature/letters for Hispanics  
28th for degrees in all disciplines for Hispanics  
40th for degrees in education for Asian Americans  
49th for degrees in English language and literature/letters for all minority groups  
77th for degrees in all disciplines for all minority groups  
     
Doctoral degrees  

12th in the nation for degrees in all disciplines for Native Americans  
14th for degrees in health professions and related clinical sciences for Hispanics  
34th for degrees in education for Hispanics  
40th for degrees in social sciences and history for all minority groups  
71st for degrees in all disciplines for Hispanics  
89th for degrees in all disciplines for Asian Americans  

View the complete reports online:

Top 100 Producers of Minority Undergraduate Degrees, 2010
See which schools are producing the most minority recipients of undergraduate degrees in the nation.

Top 100 Producers of Minority Graduate Degrees, 2010
See which schools are producing the most minority recipients of graduate and professional degrees in the nation.

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