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FAU Ranks among Top 50 Producers of Health Profession and Related Degrees Awarded to Minorities

Degrees Produced Increased among African-American and Hispanic Students

BOCA RATON, FL (November 15, 2011) - Florida Atlantic University has been ranked nationally for conferring degrees in health professions and related programs to minority 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.

For their annual special report on health science, Diverse ranked the top 100 producers of associate, bachelor's and graduate degrees for health professions and related programs awarded to minority students.  Rankings were based on degrees conferred during the 2009-10 academic year and research conducted by Victor M.H. Borden, Ph.D., professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

"We are very pleased to see FAU has climbed in the rankings of this survey," said FAU Provost Brenda Claiborne, Ph.D.  "We will continue to work to attract minority populations and ensure our student body, as well as our community at large, benefits from a diverse workforce educated in the health profession and related fields."

FAU ranked seventh nationally in its total number of undergraduate health profession and related degrees awarded to African-American students, increasing 31 percent from the previous 2008-09 academic year.  For graduate degrees in the same category, FAU rose 42 percent.  FAU also saw an increase of 118 percent in the amount of Hispanic students earning graduate degrees in the same field.

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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

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