Columbia College Rises to No. 16 in African-American higher education

Columbia College recently advanced six places to No. 16 of the top 50 institutions granting bachelor’s degrees to African-American students in business management, marketing and related support services, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s "Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers." The college's rank has steadily advanced from No. 23 in 2006 and No. 22 in 2007.

In fact, the college ranked higher for African-American business undergraduates than such educational powerhouses as Temple University (No. 23), Florida State University (No. 24), and even historically African-American institutions such as Morgan State (No. 25) and Morehouse (No. 28).

The college also ranked 71 out of the 100 top colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in all disciplines to African-American students, up from 89 in 2007 and 81 in 2006. The college awarded 391 bachelor’s degrees to African-American students during the 2007-2008 academic year, a 10 percent increase from the 355 awarded during the 2006-2007 academic year.

And Columbia College, with only 113 American Indian students in 2007, ranked higher in business-degree completion than many institutions and even some tribal colleges and universities in the west and southwest, who have far larger numbers of such students. The overall No. 1 tribal-run institution in 2007 was in fact Midwestern — Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kan.

In all, Columbia College was ranked in five diversity categories:

  • 16th for African-American undergraduates in business, management, marketing and related support services
  • 27th for American Indian undergraduates in business, management, marketing and related support services
  • 48th for all minority undergraduates in business, management, marketing and related support services
  • 49th for African-American undergraduates in psychology
  • 71th for African-American undergraduates in all disciplines

Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs, said, "These improved showings prove that Columbia College is committed to increasing educational achievement for all minority students. As the college has grown, so has our ranking in the Diverse categories, and I am excited and gratified to be part of these changes."

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