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UAlbany's Africana Studies Program Ranked in Top 10 in the Nation

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 22, 2003) -- The master's degree program in Africana Studies at the University at Albany has been recognized as one of the top 10 in the nation by Black Issues in Higher Education magazine. The "Special Report on the Top 100 Degree Producers 2003," which ranked graduate programs, can be found in the magazine's current issue.

UAlbany's program tied for eighth in the nation, with New York University. The magazine commended the program for department leadership and diversity of students. Other schools in the top 10 included Cornell University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ohio State, Yale, UCLA, as well as Pennsylvania's Temple and LaSalle Universities.

UAlbany is the only school in the SUNY system that offers a master's degree in Africana Studies. The department was created in the 1970s as a result of the civil rights movement, and the master's degree program, which has approximately 25 students, has attracted a growing number of international students. Graduates of the program can be found working as lawyers, government officials, and foreign service employees.

The top-10 ranking is based on an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data and an on-site evaluation by outside professors. The magazine also looked at the number of graduating students, diversity of the program and quality of faculty.

Black Issues in Higher Education is the nation's only news magazine dedicated exclusively to minority issues in higher education. Published bi-weekly, Black Issues carries in-depth and up-to-date coverage of the diverse education community, including African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities and women.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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