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Release date: June 28, 2006

Wayland listed tops among degree producers for minorities

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University has been recognized by the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education for its role in producing undergraduate degrees for minorities, specifically in education degrees.

              Wayland ranked first in awarding baccalaureate degrees in education with a total of 247 degrees awarded to the minority population for 2004-05 (the year used to complete the report) across the system.

              Broken down into minority categories, WBU ranked 4th in degrees awarded to African American students (118 degrees awarded), 15th in degrees awarded to American Indian students (9), 9th in degrees awarded to Asian American students (24) and 11th in degrees awarded to Hispanic students (96).

              The magazine’s June 1 edition lists the top 100 universities that award undergraduate degrees to minorities. The edition marks the 15th year that the magazine has produced the special reports.

              The charts listed feature the top degree-granting institutions as a whole and broken down by major fields of study, with categories including: agriculture and related sciences; area, ethnic, cultural and gender studies; biological and biomedical sciences; business management and marketing; computer and information sciences; education; engineering; English; health professions; math and statistics; psychology; and social sciences and history.

              In other fields, Wayland also appeared on the lists for business-related degrees, with a ranking of 47th for total minority degrees (281), 40th for degrees to African American students (139), 38th for degrees to American Indian students (8) and 42nd for degrees to Hispanic students.

              Among the nationwide competition, Wayland fared well in the combined disciplines rankings, coming in 81st for degrees to Hispanic students (278), 95th for degrees to African American students (317), and 89th for degrees to American Indian students (22).

              Wayland operates 13 campuses in the U.S. from its home campus in Plainview, with locations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii. It also maintains a partnership in Kenya, Africa, to grant degrees in religion.