Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Analysis of Top 100 Numbers

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Analysis of Top 100 Numbers

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Analysis Of Top 100 Numbers.

This analysis covers college level degrees awarded for the 1990-91 academic year. We provide rankings for the institutions which confer the highest number of degrees to all minorities in all disciplines by level. The data are further separated by individual minority group. Finally, certain disciplines were selected and separated by individual minority groups.

The data for this study come from the U.S. Department of Education. It is gathered from each individual institution which submits an Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Completions Survey. The information in the report is then used by the Department of Education to compile vital statistics on higher education.

The 1990-91 survey was mailed to 7,145 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and its outlying areas. The response rate was 84.7 percent. It is important to note that only 3,315 of these institutions have college accreditation by an agency recognized by the Secretary of Education. This analysis includes only those institutions. Further, the term "minority" only pertains to those minority individuals with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status.

Some colleges and universities report their data as part of a multi-campus system. In previous years these institutions were entirely removed from our rankings. This year's cohort includes these systems and are marked with an asterisk.

There are 100 institutions on the lists which combine all the minority groups by degree level. The lists in specific disciplines contain 50 institutions. Some listings contain slightly fewer or more institutions because of ties in the rankings. For example, if the first and second name which appear on the list conferred the same number of degrees, they are considered a tie for first place. Therefore, both are given the rank of number one. Finally, a list may be short due to the fact that a small number of degrees are conferred to a certain minority group. We have established the rule that in order for an institution to be ranked as a "Top Degree Producer" it must grant at least 3 degrees in the particular category of the listing.

The total degree column is the one by which the institutions are ranked. …

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