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Old Dominion University ranked 32nd in the country in conferring bachelor's degrees on African-American students, according to a recent issue of the magazine "Black Issues in Higher Education."

In an article titled "Top 100 Degree Producers 2002," Old Dominion granted baccalaureate degrees to 377 African Americans in 2000-2001, more than such notable institutions as the University of Miami, Illinois, UCLA and Southern California.

"This is good news, but not surprising news," said university President Roseann Runte. "Old Dominion is a metropolitan doctoral research university with more than 19,000 students, 29 percent of whom are either African American, American Indian, Asian or Hispanic. The university also has 1,400 international students from 108 countries."

The university also ranked third in conferring bachelor's degrees in health sciences and fifth in awarding degrees in English to American Indian students. Only eight schools awarded more bachelor's degrees in English to African-American students.
During the same period, the two historically black universities in Hampton Roads - Hampton University and Norfolk State University - awarded 747 and 709, respectively.

Old Dominion's ranking in other categories included:

10th, African American doctorates, social sciences and history;
11th, African American master's, English;
11th, African American bachelor's, health sciences;
16th, African American master's, biology
22nd, American Indian master's, education;
23rd, African American master's, engineering;
27th, African American master's, education;
32nd, African American master's, social sciences and history;
36th, Asian American bachelor's, health sciences;
38th, all categories combined, African American master's degrees;
47th, all categories combined, American Indian bachelor's degrees;
51st, African American bachelor's, social sciences and history;
52nd, all categories combined, American Indian master's;
56th, African American master's, health sciences; and
58th, African American bachelor's, engineering.

This article was posted on: July 22, 2002

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