CUNY Colleges Lead Country in Degrees Earned By Minority Students According To Two National Publications

August 11, 1997 | The University

More African-American students earn their bachelor’s degrees from City College of The City University of New York than from any other “traditionally white institution” in the country, according to the July 10 issue of Black Issues in Higher Education.

Other CUNY colleges occupied top spots in the publication’s sixth annual “Top 100″ national rankings of baccalaureate degrees conferred on African Americans. Baruch College ranked third, York College took eighth place, Lehman College 13th, Hunter College 17th, Brooklyn College 19th and John Jay College of Criminal Justice 22nd.

Borough of Manhattan Community College ranked first nationally in the number of associate degrees conferred on African-American students and second in the country for the number of associate degrees earned by all minorities, Community College Week reported in its July 14 edition.

Other CUNY community colleges were listed among the top six associate degree- granting institutions in the category of all minorities.

They were LaGuardia Community College 4th, and tied for 6th place Bronx Community College and Kingsborough Community College. Queensborough Community College placed 19th and Hostos Community College 27th.

Among four-year institutions granting associate degrees to minority students, New York City Technical College, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, ranked first and second in the nation.

CUNY Chancellor W. Ann Reynolds said, “This success is the result of the University’s emphasis in recent years on greater academic preparation, intensive remediation at the pre-freshman level, and student retention. ”

Among the top 50 colleges granting baccalaureate degrees to Hispanic Americans, Lehman College ranked 27th, City College 39th and Hunter College 45th.

Two CUNY colleges placed in the top 50 colleges granting baccalaureates to Asian Americans–Baruch College placed 28th and Queens College 50th.

Among the top 50 colleges conferring associate degrees on Hispanic Americans, John Jay College of Criminal Justice placed 2nd, Borough of Manhattan Community College 5th, LaGuardia Community College 6th, Hostos Community College 7th, New York City Technical College 20th, Kingsborough Community College 22nd, and Queensborough Community College 39th.

CUNY colleges ranked high among the top 50 granting associate degrees to Asian Americans as well. LaGuardia Community College ranked 17th, Borough of Manhattan Community College 23rd, Queensborough Community College 25th, and New York City Technical College 33rd.

Both publications based their national surveys on U.S. Department of Education data from 1994 to 1996.