More Minority Students Earn Degrees From University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix today announced that more minority students earn degrees from University of Phoenix than from any other university in the nation, according to recently released data aggregated from Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

“University of Phoenix has made higher education accessible to all walks of life including minority, first generation, underrepresented, rural and other at-risk students,” said Dr. John Arnold, chair of the League of United Latin American Citizens’ Education Commission, a strategic partner of University of Phoenix.

    Specifically, University of Phoenix ranks number one in graduating:

    Total minority students combined with:
    --  Undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Sciences and Support
        Services;
    --  Master's degrees in all disciplines combined;
    --  Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related
        Support Services;
    --  Master's degrees in Education; and
    --  Master's degrees in Health Professions and Related Clinical Services.

    African American students with:
    --  Undergraduate degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related
        Support Services;
    --  Undergraduate degrees in Health Professions and Related Clinical
        Sciences;
    --  Master's degrees in all disciplines combined;
    --  Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related
        Support Services;
    --  Master's degrees in Education; and
    --  Master's degrees in Health Professions and Related Clinical Services.

    Hispanic students with:
    --  Undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Sciences and Support
        Services; and
    --  Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related
        Support Services.

    Native American students with:
    --  Undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Sciences and Support
        Services;
    --  Master's degrees in all disciplines combined;
    --  Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related
        Support Services; and
    --  Doctorate degrees in Health Professions and Related Clinical Services.

    Asian students with:
    --  Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related
        Support Services.

“These rankings are particularly important given the current economic downturn,” said Bill Pepicello, University of Phoenix president. “They demonstrate University of Phoenix, which is structured to confront market forces nimbly, is attuned to the current job market with our focus on fast-growing occupational areas facing resource shortages, such as healthcare, education, business and information technology. University of Phoenix is well equipped to provide minority students with the knowledge and skills they need to compete in today’s uncertain economy.”

The diversity index at University of Phoenix is well above the national average, with 24.6 percent of its enrollment represented by African American students and 12.6 percent by Hispanic students, compared to national averages of 12 percent and 10 percent, respectively. University of Phoenix’s total minority student population represents 42 percent of its total enrollment.

In 2006, University of Phoenix created a foundation to increase access to education for underrepresented and at-risk students. The University of Phoenix Foundation funds programs that promote school readiness, improve education opportunities, and increase the rate of college and advanced degrees for these historically under-served students. Notably, the University of Phoenix Foundation is funding the United Negro College Fund’s research into African American male recruitment, retention and persistence in higher education and the Hispanic College Fund’s 2009 Hispanic Youth Symposium to raise the college-going trajectories of Hispanic students.

SOURCE University of Phoenix