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Lamar recognized as top graduate degree producer for minorities

Lamar University is among the nation’s Top 100 universities to confer the most graduate degrees among minority students a recent study found.

The magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently released its annual “Top 100 Bachelor’s Degrees Conferred” report and Lamar ranked in the Top 100 in numerous categories (Website).

Lamar scored highest in education degrees awarded. Lamar was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the number of education master’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students with 341 Hispanics earning degrees in 2009-2010. Lamar ranked fifth overall for education master’s degrees awarded to minority students with 604 degrees awarded the same year.

With all academic disciplines combined, the university ranked 21st in the number of graduate degrees awarded to minority students with 712 degrees granted in 2009-2010, the report said.

Using preliminary graduation data reported by two- and four-year institutions to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics for the 2009-2010 academic year, the magazine ranked universities not only on the number of degrees granted to minority students, specifically African American, Asian American, Native American and Hispanic, but also ranked institutions by ethnicity and specific fields of study.

“This study certainly confirms facts we are very proud of at Lamar University,” said Kevin Smith, senior associate provost. “We are a very diverse campus and our far-reaching distance learning programs reflect that diversity as well.”

“Being named No. 1 in the nation in providing graduate degrees in education among Hispanic students is a reflection of the success of Lamar’s distance learning program across the state,” Smith said. “We are proud of this program and of the impact it will have on the quality of education throughout Texas for many, many years to come.”