The June 9, 2011 issue of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education includes the publication’s Top 100 Undergraduate Degrees Conferred rankings for the current year.
For several years now, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has produced the Top 100 Degree Producers rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. For 2011, Clayton State University’s programs in the healthcare field ranked in the Top 10 for Georgia in the number of degrees conferred. Under “Health and Medical Administrative Services,” Clayton State ranked third among African Americans and eighth among all minorities. In the “Health Professions and Related Programs” category, Clayton State was eighth in the number of degrees conferred upon African Americans. The source for the rankings is the Diverse: Issues In Higher Education analysis of U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions involved.
None of these rankings should come as a surprise, since Clayton State’s status as a diverse campus is long-established, dating back to 2001 when U.S. News & World Report initially ranked Clayton State first in having the most diverse student body in its category in the southeastern United States, a ranking that has been repeated five more time in the intervening years. In addition, James, Georgia’s only monthly news magazine, pronounced that Clayton State University is “proof that ethnic diversity and scholastic achievement can make for a happy marriage in the modern South” in its July 2010 Best Colleges & Universities in Georgia issue.
Specifically in the healthcare field, the Clayton State School of Nursing (SoN) has received four Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program grants from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, the most recent being a $1,089,000 grant in September 2010.