Southeastern Ranks Sixth Nationally in Producing Native American Graduates
Once again, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been recognized nationally for its work with Native American students.
According to “Diverse Issues In Higher Education," Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates (all disciplines
combined) in the Baccalaureate degree category. (Last year, Southeastern ranked 10th in all disciplines combined).
In the undergraduate category, Southeastern has 14 different fields represented in the national top 30. The University ranks number one in Engineering
technologies and engineering-related fields (occupational safety and health).
In the graduate category, Southeastern is also ranked number one in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety &
Each year, the magazine publishes its top 100 rankings of minority graduates. The report is based on preliminary data from the U.S. Department of
“It is a real honor for Southeastern to be recognized in this manner," said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “We have a number of programs in place to
assist our Native American students as they work toward their goals. We are also fortunate to have partnerships in place with The Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation that directly benefit our students."
In 2011, the University received a $2 million federal grant to enhance the academic success of its Native American students. The five-year Title III grant
was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. This “Connect2Complete (C2C) Project” strives to bolster the retention rates and graduation rates of
Native American students at Southeastern.
Currently, approximately 30 percent of Southeastern’s enrollment is comprised of Native Americans.
Also, the Southeastern Native American Center for Student Success provides advisement and assistance in accessing external funding for Native American
students. The center houses staff from the Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program and the Chickasaw Nation Education Services and offers a College
Success course for new freshmen.
Southeastern also offers a Native American Studies minor, Native American management option, and courses in Choctaw Language and Culture.
Each year, Southeastern partners with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to sponsor “Native American Visitation Day,” in which high school students experience
the college setting.
Among other activities, the University hosts the Native American Symposium – this year’s event is scheduled for Nov. 14-15.
Following are Southeastern’s national rankings, by major, in the top 100 degree producers list as released by “Diverse Issues In Higher Education."
Undergraduate (Native American unless otherwise specified)
1 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety & Health)
2 – Communication, Journalism, and related programs
2 – Education
2 – Psychology
3 – Finance and Financial Management Services
3 – Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
4 – Biological and Biomedical Sciences
6 – All Disciplines combined
6 – English Language and Literature/Letters
6 – History
8 – Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
10 – Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
12 – Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support services
13 – Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services (Criminal Justice)
27 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health -- Total Minority category)
Graduate (Native American unless otherwise specified)
1 –Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (Occupational Safety & Health)
13 – All Disciplines combined
13 – Education
15 – Business Administration, Management and Operations
18 – Business, Management, Marketing, and related support services
45 – Engineering Technologies and Engineering related fields (Occupational Safety & Health -- Total Minority)
63 – Engineering (Aerospace Administration and Logistics -- African American)
75 – Engineering (Aerospace Administration and Logistics -- Hispanic)