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FAU Ranks Among Top 25 Universities in Graduate Degrees Granted to Hispanics

Hispanic Women Account for Almost Half of Total Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Business/Management/Marketing

BOCA RATON, FL (May 8, 2011) - Florida Atlantic University ranks 13th in the nation for conferring master’s and doctoral degrees in business/management/marketing on to Hispanic students, according to a new survey reported in the latest issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, a national bi-weekly publication for the higher education community. 

Rankings are based on degrees conferred during the 2010-11 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.  The most interesting finding that Hispanic Outlook highlights is the gains Hispanic women have made in the number of degrees conferred in relation to their male counterparts.  For FAU last year, Hispanics accounted for 15 percent of total students who earned a graduate degree in the business/management/marketing majors.  Of that amount, 52 percent were men and 48 percent were women.  FAU ranked 28th in the nation in this category in the 2009-10 academic year. 

“We are very pleased to see FAU is effectively serving the needs of this growing minority population,” said FAU Provost Brenda Claiborne.  “We will continue to ensure that our diverse student populations have access to all the resources they need to graduate, especially in this challenging job market where higher education is critical.”

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. 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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