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June 1, 2004
CONTACT: Millie Gonzalez
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Kean University Named One of the Top 100 Universities for Hispanics

UNION, N.J. – The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, a journal highlighting campus events, policies and concerns making headlines in higher education, has lauded Kean University as one of the Top 100 Best Colleges for Hispanics for the third-consecutive year. The magazine’s recognition is reserved for four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation that provide higher education to the largest number of Hispanic students, based on the degrees conferred on Hispanic men and women. Of the 1,625 students who received their undergraduate degree from Kean in the 2001-2002 academic year, 17 percent were of Hispanic decent.

The University has a number of student-centered programs for minorities, including the Spanish-speaking program, Project Adelante and several culturally based organizations. What is more, Kean has demonstrated commitment and expertise in teacher education, with specific programs in bilingual and English-as-a-second-language education, as well as other programs that encourage students of all ethnic backgrounds to pursue careers in teaching. For its efforts, the University has become the largest producer of teachers and other school personnel in New Jersey. "I am delighted that Kean's efforts have been recognized by the Hispanic Outlook,” said Dr. Ana Maria Schuhmann, dean of Kean’s College of Education. “Our institution has a true commitment to diverse populations, which is reflected in the high graduation rate of Latino students and the numerous programs implemented to insure they achieve their goals."