AUGUST 2, 2006

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Magazine ranks SOSU in national top 6 for producing American Indian graduates

In its June 2006 edition, "Diverse: Issues In Higher Education" magazine has ranked Southeastern Oklahoma State University third in the nation for producing American Indian Education Baccalaureate degrees. The magazine also ranks Southeastern fifth in the country in producing American Indian Biological and Biomedical Sciences Baccalaureate degrees.

Southeastern ranks sixth nationally in all disciplines combined for American Indian Baccalaureate degrees.
Approximately 28 percent of Southeastern’s total enrollment is comprised of American Indian students.

“This is an outstanding honor,’’ Southeastern President Dr. Glen D. Johnson said of the ranking. “We are proud to be recognized nationally for our efforts in producing American Indian graduates, who are such an important part of our student body. We have a number of special programs in place, such as counseling and advisement, designed specifically to meet the needs of our American Indian students. We are also fortunate to have outstanding support from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Both of these organizations have contributed significant resources to the University to ensure a bright future for all of our students.’’

In the June edition, Diversity identifies the Top 100 minority degree producers among undergraduate institutions of higher education. The data, compiled for the magazine by Dr. Victor Borden of Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, is the only national report on the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to award degrees to African-American, Latino, Asian American, and American Indian students.

Utilizing statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Borden has established rankings in the total number of baccalaureate degrees awarded at every American college, as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines.

Contact: Alan Burton, 580.745.2731