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Minority Students Earned Greater Number of Degrees in Fiscal 2006

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New data shows black, Hispanic, Asian and American Indian students earned more degrees in FY2006.

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Students in underserved populations earned a greater number of academic diplomas in almost all categories in fiscal year 2006 compared to fiscal year 2004, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation. Asians exhibited the largest rate of increase among U.S. citizens and permanent residents who earned bachelor's degrees at 10.5 percent, while the smallest rate increase was exhibited by American Indian/Alaska Natives at 1.3 percent. Meanwhile, the number of Latinos and blacks receiving master's degrees increased 13.1 percent and 13 percent respectively, while white students exhibited a growth rate of 5.9 percent.

The report also estimates a 3.9 percent increase in awarded science and engineering bachelor's degrees, a 1.6 percent climb in master's degrees, and a 13.6 percent rise in doctoral degrees.

Computer sciences generally demonstrated the largest increase among doctoral students at 53.2 percent, but also the most precipitous decline among bachelor's and master's degree students. Education suffered the steepest decline among doctoral students at 7.7 percent.

From National Science Foundation
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