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FAU Ranks Among Top 100 Colleges and Universities in Producing Communication, Journalism and Related Degrees

BOCA RATON, FL (August 29, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University has been ranked 26th in the nation out of the top 100, four-year colleges in the nation conferring associate, bachelor’s, and graduate degrees on minority students in the fields of communication, journalism and related disciplines, according to a special survey in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 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 the first time this year, Diverse expanded its listings of top degree producing universities for minorities to include the communications-related fields. The survey findings are divided between graduate and undergraduate, and consist of four different minority groups: African-American, Native-American, Asian-American and Hispanic.

“To be ranked in the nation’s top 100 schools for minorities studying communications-related fields is a true indicator of the success in its mission to provide access to our broad-ranged curriculum to the whole community ,” said Susan Reilly, Ph.D., director of the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies at FAU . “The University takes pride in proactively promoting and appealing to cultures from all walks of life.”

The analysis is based on degrees conferred during the 2009-10 academic year and can be found within the survey of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set.

The goal of the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU is to provide students with a broad liberal arts education. Through the curriculum, the research in which the school engages, and the services it provides, students gain the knowledge and skills that will allow them to understand and contribute to today’s increasingly communication and media-oriented environment. Courses are designed to help students become more ethical, effective communicators in all contexts, including interpersonal situations, large public gatherings, and in print, radio, television, film, and emerging technologies. Graduates also receive the skills to become more critical and analytical consumers of communication in all its respects.


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 28,000 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 & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & 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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