SPRINGFIELD, Mass, December 2, 2011 -- Springfield College’s School of Human Services awarded more bachelor’s degrees (378) to minority students in public administration and social services than any other institution of higher education in the country. In reaching the top position for 2009/2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, the school topped large for-profit institutions as well as major research universities.
For several years now, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has published the Top 100 Degree Producers rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. The findings also rank Springfield College as the number two awarder of bachelor’s degrees to African American students in social services disciplines, as well as the eighth largest awarder of master’s degrees of social sciences to minority students. The ranking is based on data collected through mandatory reporting required of all institutions of higher education participating in federal student financial aid programs.
Dean Robert Willey of the School of Human Services said, “The numbers show that we are fulfilling our mission by making the School of Human Services programs accessible to those who make sustainable changes in their communities. This is an affirmation of the work that the School and our alumni do on a daily basis.” The School of Human Services’ mission is to provide broadly accessible higher education in human services for adult learners that embodies the principles of Humanics, community partnership, and academic excellence to achieve social and economic justice.
The ethnically diverse student body is evident at the School of Human Services campuses, typically held on weekends twice a month at its ten campuses in Los Angeles, Calif.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Boston and Springfield, Mass.; Manchester, N.H.; Charleston, S.C.; Houston, Texas; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Milwaukee, Wis.
For more information on the data, visit www.diverseeducation.com/top100.