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How NCCU measured up on Diverse magazine’s list

North Carolina Central University has earned a top ranking for awarding degrees in physical sciences and in library and information sciences to African-American students, the school announced this week.

The rankings came from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, which called its list the “Top 100 Minority Degree Producers.” The magazine used the most recently available data from the U.S. Department of Education.

During the 2016-17 academic year, NCCU awarded seven graduate degrees in physical sciences and 27 in library and information science to African-Americans. The NCCU law school came in No. 4 for awarding degrees to African-Americans and in the top 50 for all minorities, including those of African, Asian and Hispanic descent.

“NCCU’s increasing profile and ranking demonstrate the quality and caliber of education provided by the institution,” said NCCU chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye. “These rankings attest to the work of our faculty and staff and the excellent performance of our students.”

Additionally, NCCU was in the top 10 for awarding graduate degrees in library and information sciences and communication disorders to individuals identifying with two or more races. The school ranked in the top 50 among universities conferring graduate degrees in parks and recreation, physical science and communication disorders.

The final rankings were based on the total number of degrees awarded, as well those identified as major fields of study or disciplines.

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