NMSU listed in Top 100 undergraduate minority degree producers

June 16, 2011 by Susan Prosoco, NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University was ranked among the top 100 undergraduate degree producers in four categories by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine in their June 9 edition.

In the American Indian Bachelor’s-All Disciplines Combined category, NMSU ranked 18th, an 8 percent increase in total degrees awarded from the previous year.

“Here at NMSU, we’re very proud of our diverse culture and pleased to see the university earn this recognition,” said Vice President for Student Success Bernadette Montoya. “The increase in American Indian bachelor’s degrees is particularly encouraging. This helps us set the tone for the future.”

The university also ranked 24th in the number of Hispanic Bachelor’s-All Disciplines Combined, 72nd in Total Minority Bachelor’s-All Disciplines Combined and 14th in Total Minority Bachelor’s-Education.

“This demonstrates our college’s commitment and strength in preparing individuals to work in diverse educational settings,” said Michael Morehead, dean of the College of Education. “We are proud of our commitment to preparing professional educators for a diverse society and it is reflected in our college’s faculty, which is 51 percent ethnically diverse.”

For 20 years, Diverse has been tracking the number of degrees awarded to students of color in the United States. The information is collected through surveys conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

For more information on Diverse and a complete listing of the rankings, visit http://diverseeducation.com/top100.

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