CUNY Colleges Lead the Nation In Graduating Minority Students

September 24, 2001 | The University

The City University of New York colleges led the nation in awarding degrees to minority students, according to Community College Week and Black Issues in Higher Education.

Among four-year institutions, CUNY’s New York City Technical College led the nation in the number of associate’s degrees awarded to minority students.

Among the nation’s 1500 community colleges, Borough of Manhattan Community College ranked first in the number of associate’s degrees awarded to African Americans, second in the total number of degrees awarded to all minority students, and fifth in degrees granted to Hispanics.

The rankings were based on an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data for the 1999-2000 academic year.

Five other CUNY community colleges were hailed as leaders in the total number of degrees awarded to minority students. LaGuardia Community College was fourth, Kingsborough Community College ranked 19th and Queensborough Community College placed 20th in the nation.

LaGuardia Community College was fourth in the number of Hispanic graduates. Among African American graduates Kingsborough Community College placed sixth and LaGuardia and Queensborough Community Colleges ranked 16th and 19th in the nation respectively.

Bronx Community College was in 11th place in degrees awarded to African Americans and 13th in the number of degrees earned by Hispanics. Hostos Community College was 27th in degrees awarded to Hispanics.

Among four-year institutions that are not considered historically black colleges, York College ranked fourth in the nation in the number of baccalaureate degrees granted to African Americans. Six other CUNY colleges ranked among the top 40 — Lehman College was 13th, John Jay College of Criminal Justice was 15th, Baruch College was 21st, City College was 25th, Brooklyn College 32nd, and Hunter College 37th.

In specific disciplines, York College was in first place in mathematics degrees earned by African American students and second place in mathematics degrees earned by all minorities. Lehman College ranked fourth in Health Professions and Related Sciences and Hunter College ranked fourth in English Language/Literature/Letters among all minorities. New York City Technical College was in third place in Engineering-Related Technology baccalaureate degrees awarded to African Americans.

Ten individual academic programs at CUNY colleges are among the top ten in bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s 2001 rankings. John Jay College of Criminal Justice leads the list as first in Protective Services discipline, sixth in Public Administration, and seventh in Psychology. Lehman College is second for Computer Sciences and eighth for Health Sciences. Other CUNY colleges in the top ten are Hunter College for Psychology and Social Sciences, Baruch College for Business and Marketing, City College for Computer Science and York College for Mathematics.

City College also awards more master’s degrees to Hispanics than any other institution in New York City and is ranked eighth nationally.

Among the top 20 schools in the United States awarding doctoral degrees to Hispanics, The CUNY Graduate Center is ranked ninth.