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FAU Ranks Among Top 50 Colleges and Universities in Producing Hispanic Graduates

FAU Receives High Rankings in Engineering, Business, and Social Sciences

BOCA RATON, FL (October 4, 2012) - Florida Atlantic University has received high rankings nationally for conferring degrees in engineering, business, and social sciences to Hispanic students, according to a new special survey in the latest issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The national magazine informs leaders from academe, industry and public policy about current trends and issues in the United States.

“These recent survey findings are encouraging and serve as confirmation that our institution values and promotes an increasingly diverse student population,” said Brenda Claiborne, Ph.D., provost and chief academic officer. “We will continue our commitment to attracting and supporting minority populations, as all of our campuses benefit from having a diverse university family.”

With National Hispanic Heritage Month in mind, Diverse based the rankings on recent findings from a survey by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS) and degrees conferred during the 2010-11 academic year.

One of the categories in the survey focused on the number of undergraduate degrees in business, management, marketing and related support services conferred to Hispanic students. FAU moved up the rankings in this category by 17 spots for Hispanic master’s degrees conferred. In the area of undergraduate engineering degrees, FAU had an increase of 54 percent. FAU Hispanic students earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social sciences rose by 27 and 300 percent, respectively.

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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, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. 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. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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