PHOENIX, July 18, 2007 — The University of Phoenix graduates more underrepresented students with master's degrees in business, health care and education than any other university in the nation, according to a recent report by the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

In its annual Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers report, Diverse Issues in Higher Education also ranked the University of Phoenix number one in African American and American Indian students graduating with master's degrees in all disciplines combined.

"I am thrilled that University of Phoenix has been recognized in this special report," said University of Phoenix President William Pepicello. "This recognition speaks to University of Phoenix's long-held commitment to inclusion and to providing underrepresented students with access to higher education."�

The annual Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers report recognizes institutions where underrepresented students are earning graduate-level certifications across a spectrum of disciplines and professions. The study is the only one of its kind nationally to report on the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to award graduate degrees to Black, Hispanic, Asian American and American Indian students.

Data for the report is provided by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and looks at the top 100 institutions during the 2005-2006 academic year.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, formerly Black Issues in Higher Education, is the nation's only news magazine dedicated exclusively to diversity issues in higher education.

University of Phoenix is one of a handful of institutions of higher learning – public or private – completely devoted to providing access to higher education for working students. More than 40 percent of University of Phoenix's enrollment consists of students from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities who are successfully completing their education and graduating with associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees. University of Phoenix's average student graduation rate across all program levels is equal to or better than that found among the nation's four-year colleges and universities.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of August 31, 2008, 362,100 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.

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