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National University Ranks First in California in Granting Master's Degrees to African Americans

August 16, 2004

La Jolla, Calif. – National University provides more master’s degrees in all disciplines to African Americans than any other college or university in California, according to Black Issues in Higher Education. 

In total, National University conferred 216 master’s degrees to African Americans in the 2002-2003 academic year.  Black Issues in Higher Education publishes its annual rankings of the top 100 colleges and universities providing graduate degrees to minority students every July.  Its rankings are based upon data from the U.S. Department of Education. The latest Black Issues rankings were published on July 29.

By specific disciplines, National University also ranks first in California in granting master’s degrees in business, management and marketing to African Americans, conferring 49 such degrees to Black students during the above-mentioned period.   It also ranked first in California in granting master’s degrees in education to African Americans, conferring 120 degrees in that category.

Overall, between 1993 and 2003, the number of master’s degrees conferred to African Americans has increased by an annual average of slightly more than eight percent, from 18,248 in the 1992-1993 academic year to 40,010 in the 2002-2003 school year.

A random poll of African American graduates at National University’s 2004 commencement revealed that the majority of respondents were working adults who are attracted to National because of its unique evening-based one-course-per-month format.  For more information about National University and its African American graduates, contact Hoyt Smith at (858) 642-8111. For more information regarding Black Issues in Higher Education’s annual Top 100 rankings, visit the publication’s Web site at http://www.blackissues.com/Top100Home.asp .

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