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NSU Ranks No. 1 in Awarding Doctoral Degrees to Hispanics

School also first for several first professional degree programs and second in master’s degrees

FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University ranks first in the nation in the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics and ranks second in master’s degrees, according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics 2008 edition.

NSU also ranks first in the number of Hispanic women enrolled at the graduate level and is third in the overall number of Hispanics enrolled in graduate school.

Hispanic Outlook used data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics to compile the rankings. The rankings for degrees awarded were based on 2007 data, which listed NSU as awarding 50 doctoral degrees to Hispanics and 719 master’s degrees to Hispanics from July 2006 to June 2007.

The enrollment rankings were based on data from 2006, which set NSU’s graduate enrollment at 17,142, including 2,372 Hispanic students. In fall 2007, NSU’s graduate enrollment stood at 18,387 students, including 2,714 Hispanic students. The 2,714 Hispanic students enrolled at the graduate level at NSU represent a 90 percent increase since 2001, when NSU had 1,427 Hispanic graduate students enrolled.

In the rankings for first professional degrees awarded to Hispanics, NSU ranked first in three academic programs: pharmacy, osteopathic medicine and optometry. NSU awarded 146 pharmacy degrees to Hispanics, 112 more than the No. 2-ranked school, the University of Mexico, which awarded 34. NSU awarded 26 osteopathic medicine degrees to Hispanics and 13 optometry degrees.

NSU also ranked 32nd in the total number of Hispanics enrolled and was the only independent university ranked in the top 40. NSU’s total enrollment, based on the 2006 data, was 25,690 students, including 4,409 Hispanic students. In fall 2007, NSU’s total enrollment was 27,518 students, including 4,824 Hispanic students – an increase of 66 percent since 2001, when 2,907 Hispanic students were enrolled.

“These rankings reflect our efforts to serve the community that surrounds us,” said NSU President Ray Ferrero, Jr. “As the Hispanic population grows in South Florida, NSU continues to seek ways to provide educational opportunities for Hispanics through improved services and programs.”

For its role in the education of Hispanics, NSU was awarded in 2007 a $2.8 million Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institution grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its Fischler School of Education & Human Services undergraduate program. The grant will supplement other programs at NSU that enhance access and affordability for minority and disadvantaged students. In order to be considered for the grant, an educational institution must have at least 25 percent Hispanic population enrolled in undergraduate studies and demonstrate significant need in providing access to the Hispanic community and a commitment to address the need long-term.

Media Contact:
Alan Hancock, NSU Office of Public Affairs
(954) 262-5354, hancocka@nova.edu