NAU receives national recognition for commitment to diversity

Native American grad raises degree

Northern Arizona University ranks among the best in the nation for conferring the highest number of bachelor’s degrees to minorities, particularly among Native American and Latino students, according to a newly released report that tracks minority education trends.

In an annual report produced by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, NAU ranks seventh in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Native Americans in all disciplines, and 50th in the nation for graduating Latino students in all undergraduate disciplines. NAU ranks 82nd for total minority graduates in all disciplines.

The magazine’s rankings are based on an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data for the 2012-13 academic school year.

Here is how NAU ranks in Diverse Issues top 100 list for minority education:

Total Minority Graduates
82nd All Disciplines Combined

  • 8th Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • 12th Education
  • 13th Hospitality Administration/Management
  • 25th Natural Resources and Conservation

Native American Graduates
7th All Disciplines Combined

  • 4th Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • 4th Psychology
  • 4th Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • 5th Engineering
  • 7th Communication, Journalism and Related Programs
  • 7th Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • 7th Physical Sciences
  • 6th Health Professions and Related Programs
  • 8th Education
  • 9th Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services
  • 9th Finance and Financial Management Services
  • 11th Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
  • 17th Social Sciences
  • 30th Business Administration, Management and Operations
  • 34th Visual and Performing Arts

Latino Graduates

50th All Disciplines Combined

  • 5th Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • 8th Education
  • 9th Hospitality Administration/Management
  • 12th Natural Resources and Conservation
  • 33rd Public Administration and Social Service Professions
  • 34th Physical Sciences
  • 40th Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • 43rd Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies