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FAU Ranks Among Top 100 Colleges and Universities in Conferring Degrees to Hispanic Students

FAU Moves Up Rankings in Areas of Business, Education and Engineering

BOCA RATON, FL (October 3, 2011) - Florida Atlantic University has received high rankings nationally for conferring degrees in business, education and engineering to Hispanic students, according to a new special survey in the latest issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, a magazine published bi-weekly that informs leaders from academe, industry and public policy about current trends and issues that are going on in the United States.

With Hispanic Heritage Month in mind, Diverse decided for the first time this year to expand their focus on Hispanic students for this annual survey.  Rankings are based on degrees conferred during the 2009-10 academic year and findings from a survey by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set.

“We are very pleased to see FAU’s student population increasing in diversity,” said FAU Provost Brenda Claiborne, Ph.D.  “We want to continue attracting minority populations and ensure our student body has all the wonderful benefits of a diverse university family.”

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 increased its total number of Hispanic graduates in this category by 21 percent or 45 more students than the previous 2008-09 academic year.  In the area of undergraduate education degrees, FAU saw an increase of 9 percent.  And, finally, FAU Hispanic students earning graduate degrees in engineering rose by 43 percent.

For more information about the rankings, visit www.diverseeducation.com.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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