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Georgia State Rises in Rankings of Producers of Graduate Degrees

Posted On July 11, 2012 by Leah Seupersad

ATLANTA— Georgia State University’s commitment to diversity is being recognized in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine this week, with GSU ranking No. 44 in the nation and No. 1 in Georgia for awarding graduate degrees to minority students.

Georgia State granted 677 graduate degrees to minorities in 2011, boosting the university to No. 38 on the magazine’s “Top 100” list for master’s degrees granted to minority students overall, No. 67 in master’s degrees conferred to Asian-American students and No. 21 in masters’ degrees conferred to African-Americans.

“These latest rankings confirm the critical role that Georgia State plays in Georgia and in the nation in helping all students succeed at the highest academic levels,” said Timothy Renick, associate provost for academic programs and chief enrollment officer.

Georgia State had a 10 percent one-year gain in the number of graduate degrees conferred to some underrepresented groups in 2011, Renick said.

“More than numbers, these rankings represent over 650 lives transformed. The degrees earned will increase professional opportunities and raise the earning potential of these individuals for decades to come,” Renick said. “We are very proud of their accomplishment.”

Georgia State’s success with diverse student populations continues to break records and earn national accolades. In June, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education also recognized GSU for ranking No.1 in the nation among not-for-profit institutions in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African-American students.

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July 11, 2012