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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, June 02, 2011

San Jacinto College ranks 26th on national Top 100 Degree Producers list


PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College is ranked 26th in the nation this year as a top minority degree producer by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.


Published annually, the Top 100 Degree Producers list ranks institutions that award the most degrees to minority students. San Jacinto College jumped nine spots from last year, and also ranked No. 1 in biological and biomedical sciences, No. 1 in mathematics and statistics, and No. 5 in transportation and materials moving. Other areas of the College that placed within the top 50 include psychology; business, management, marketing, and related support services; nursing; health professionals and related clinical sciences; physical sciences; business operations support and assistant services; construction; engineering; English language and literature; and mechanic and repair technologies.


"Higher education increases awareness through a variety of disciplines, including the understanding of how we interact and live among others in a society that is increasingly diverse and ever changing," said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. "We are fortunate to have such a diverse student population at San Jacinto College. Because of this, we strive to provide students with an inclusive environment that supports all cultures and is open to many perspectives."


Minorities receive one-third of all associate degrees conferred in the U.S., with nearly equal numbers going to black and Hispanic students, who together represent 80 percent of minority associate degree recipients, according to the magazine. San Jacinto College’s minority student population is comprised of 41 percent Hispanic, 11 percent black, and 5 percent Asian. The Top 100 Degree Producers lists are based on the review of 2008-2009 U.S. Department of Education preliminary data. Institutions are ranked according to the total number of degrees awarded to minority students across all disciplines, as well as in specific disciplines. The entire Top 100 Degree Producers list can be found in the May 12, 2011 edition of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine at


About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for nearly 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


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