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Sac State among nation’s top 100 in degrees for minorities

Unseen Heroes Sacramento State’s minority students are defining their dreams, earning valuable degrees, and winning national exposure for it. The journal Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked Sac State among the top 100 minority degree producers in the nation for 2015 – and in 16 of the 93 degree categories studied, Sac State ranked in the top 10.

Asian American students had the greatest impact on results, receiving high rankings in disciplines such as law enforcement and criminal justice; public administration and social work; communication sciences and disorders; tourism administration; education; and environmental studies.

The trending degrees also represent the most popular interests among minority students as a whole. Most choose these disciplines as a reflection of their shared interest in community service, according to Viridiana Diaz, assistant vice president of Strategic Diversity Initiatives. “Our minority students are community-oriented,” Diaz says. “Working within the community, serving the community, and having an impact in their own communities is very important to them.”

Sac State, the seventh-most-diverse university west of the Mississippi, has numerous resources available to minority students to ensure success, including the DEGREES Project, the Full Circle Project, the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, the College Assistance Migrant Program, Student Academic Success & Educational Equity Programs, the Serna Center, the Multi-Cultural Center, and the Dreamer Resource Center.
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