Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- June 25, 2004

CSU Stanislaus Hispanic Graduates Rate "Top 100"

For the eighth straight year, California State University, Stanislaus has been named to the annual “Top 100” list of U.S. colleges and universities graduating Hispanic students. Those numbers are expected to increase in coming years with the help of a recent federal grant that focuses on Hispanic and low-income students at CSU Stanislaus and two area community colleges.

The University’s accomplishments in graduating Hispanic students at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels were recognized by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education in its May 3 issue. CSU Stanislaus ranked 69th in the country for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.

Hispanic student enrollment accounts for 26 percent of the University’s 8,000 students. Hispanic bachelor's degree recipients accounted for 18 percent of the diplomas, and Hispanics received 10 percent of the master’s degrees at CSU Stanislaus.

The “Top 100” is based on responses to Hispanic Outlook’s comprehensive survey and an examination of literature and catalogs from 2,500 institutions across the country, according to the National Center for Education Statistics Topics scrutinized include financial aid and scholarship programs, remedial and tutoring programs, English-as-a-second language offerings, Hispanic studies classes, Hispanic campus organizations, Hispanic faculty and administrators, and other services designed to help Hispanic students succeed.

In 2003, CSU Stanislaus was officially designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, making the University eligible to apply for grants awarded to colleges and universities with large numbers of low-income Hispanic students. The designation is awarded to schools where a minimum of 25 percent of the students are Hispanic and half of them are classified as low-income.

CSU Stanislaus and partnering Modesto Junior College and Merced College were awarded a $3 million federal Cooperative Arrangement Development Grant in October 2003 through the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. With CSU Stanislaus serving as the lead institution, the grant focuses on increasing the number of Hispanic and low-income transfer students from community colleges who go on to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Contact: Roger Pugh (209) 667-3945

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