Magazine ranks San Jacinto College among nation’s top minority degree producers

12.04.2014 | By Rob Vanya

San Jacinto College earned high rankings in several categories on this year’s Top 100 Degree Producers list by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.

Published annually, the list ranks institutions that award the most degrees to minority students. In the category of “Total Minority,” the College ranks No. 3 in the Business/Commerce, General area of study; No. 5 in the Family and Consumer/Human Sciences area of study; and No. 9 in the Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions area of study. The high rankings in the three areas of study represent gains over the previous year of 54 percent, 63 percent, and 54 percent respectively.

Other areas in which San Jacinto College placed in the top 25 in the “Total Minority” category were All Disciplines Combined (21); Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (21); Business Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (22); Health Professions and Related Programs (24); and Visual and Performing Arts (24).

The College also ranked second for Hispanic students in the area of Business/Commerce, General, and fourth for Hispanic students in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences. In fact, 11 of San Jacinto College’s rankings for Hispanic students were in the top 20 on the Top 100 Degree Producers list. Of those 11 categories that ranked in the top 20, the lowest increase over the previous year was 6 percent, and the highest increase was 58 percent.

San Jacinto College had significant degree completion increases with other minorities. The College ranked seventh in the nation for Asian American students in the area of Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (an increase of 16 percent); seventh for Asian American students in the area of Business/Commerce, General (an increase of 7 percent); 24th for African American students in the area of Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (an increase of 14 percent); and 31st for African American students in the area of Business/Commerce, General (an increase of 19 percent).

“At San Jacinto College, we take our commitment to student success very seriously, and we really value the diversity of our student population,” commented Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College vice chancellor of strategic initiatives, community relations, workforce development, and diversity. “We know that degrees and certificates translate to increased earnings in the workforce and greater success among academic transfer students. I am proud, but not surprised, to see how high we are in the national rankings of institutions that graduate diverse students. We have great students and dedicated faculty and staff. So we produce a large number of highly qualified student graduates who are San Jac Certified.”

The Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Top 100 Degree Producers list is based on the review of 2013-2014 U.S. Department of Education preliminary data. Institutions are ranked according to the total number of degrees awarded to minority students across all disciplines, as well as in specific disciplines. The entire Top 100 Degree Producers list can be found in the Dec. 18, 2014 edition of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine at www.diverseeducation.com.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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