University of Phoenix Graduates More Minority Students than Any Other Institution

    University of Phoenix Graduates More Minority Students than Any Other

University of Phoenix ranks number one at several degree levels for minorities

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, Oct. 24, 2012

PHOENIX, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --University of Phoenix® today announced
that it has been ranked by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine as the
leading conferrer of degrees for minorities across multiple degree levels.


According to the magazine's annual rankings of the Top 100 Degree Producers,
University of Phoenix Online awarded more associate, bachelor's and master's
degrees to minorities than any other academic institution in the country.
Additionally, the University ranked number one in total graduate degrees –
defined as master's and doctoral degrees – conferred upon minorities.

"We believe that no university in America demonstrates a greater commitment to
diversity than University of Phoenix," said Dr. Bill Pepicello, president of
University of Phoenix. "We are committed to providing quality education to
help working adults compete and thrive in the changing global economy and that
commitment does not end at graduation. Our ultimate goal for our students is
not only to attain a degree, but for them to apply that degree to a fulfilling
and rewarding career."

According to the Diverse: Issues In Higher Education report, the number of
degrees awarded to students of color has increased substantially over the last
20 years. More than three times as many racial and ethnic minorities received
a bachelor's degree in 2010-11 than in 1990-1991. Minorities now represent
24.5 percent of bachelor's degree recipients, compared to only 13.5 percent 20
years ago.

"University of Phoenix is committed to supporting minorities, and all
students, with quality education that fits their needs," said Dominique K.
Brown, corporate diversity officer for Apollo Group, parent company of
University of Phoenix. "The impact of a college degree goes beyond just
improving the life of the student. It positively impacts the student's family
and community. Many of our students are the first in their families to obtain
a degree. They are role models who inspire others to consider higher

For more than 35 years, University of Phoenix has offered programs that
prepare forward-thinking students to be creative problem solvers for the new
economy. With scheduling flexibility for the working professional, students
can work to advance their careers while continuing to maintain their personal
and professional obligations.

* Source: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education analysis of U.S. Department of
Education reports submitted by institutions. Data for the survey was compiled
by Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and maintained by
the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).Rankings are based on the
review of 2010-2011 preliminary data. Online "campuses" are seen as a single
entity, even though they enroll students globally.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix® is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules,
challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal
and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship
university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves
a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and
doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as
well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

SOURCE University of Phoenix

Contact: Danica Ross, University of Phoenix Public Relations, +1-310-612-9292,
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