PHOENIX, December 4, 2008 — University of Phoenix today announced that more minority students earn degrees from University of Phoenix than from any other university in the nation, according to recently released data aggregated from Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

"University of Phoenix has made higher education accessible to all walks of life including minority, first generation, underrepresented, rural and other at-risk students," said Dr. John Arnold, chair of the League of United Latin American Citizens' Education Commission, a strategic partner of University of Phoenix.

Specifically, University of Phoenix ranks number one in graduating:

Total minority students combined with:

"� Undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services;
"� Master's degrees in all disciplines combined;
"� Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services;
"� Master's degrees in Education; and
"� Master's degrees in Health Professions and Related Clinical Services.

African American students with:

"� Undergraduate degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services;
"� Undergraduate degrees in Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences;
"� Master's degrees in all disciplines combined;
"� Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services;
"� Master's degrees in Education; and
"� Master's degrees in Health Professions and Related Clinical Services.

Hispanic students with:

"� Undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; and
"� Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services.

Native American students with:

"� Undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services;
"� Master's degrees in all disciplines combined;
"� Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; and
"� Doctorate degrees in Health Professions and Related Clinical Services.

Asian students with:

"� Master's degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services.

"These rankings are particularly important given the current economic downturn," said Bill Pepicello, University of Phoenix president. "They demonstrate University of Phoenix, which is structured to confront market forces nimbly, is attuned to the current job market with our focus on fast-growing occupational areas facing resource shortages, such as healthcare, education, business and information technology. University of Phoenix is well equipped to provide minority students with the knowledge and skills they need to compete in today's uncertain economy."�

The diversity index at University of Phoenix is well above the national average, with 24.6 percent of its enrollment represented by African American students and 12.6 percent by Hispanic students, compared to national averages of 12 percent and 10 percent, respectively. University of Phoenix's total minority student population represents 42 percent of its total enrollment.

In 2006, University of Phoenix created a foundation to increase access to education for underrepresented and at-risk students. The University of Phoenix Foundation funds programs that promote school readiness, improve education opportunities, and increase the rate of college and advanced degrees for these historically under-served students. Notably, the University of Phoenix Foundation is funding the United Negro College Fund's research into African American male recruitment, retention and persistence in higher education and the Hispanic College Fund's 2009 Hispanic Youth Symposium to raise the college-going trajectories of Hispanic students.

About Diverse Issues in Higher Education "Top 100" Analysis

According to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the Top 100 analysis reflects degrees conferred during the 2006-2007 academic year as of mid-March 2008 by the vast majority of U.S. postsecondary institutions as reported to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) Completion Survey. Diverse Issues in Higher Education restricts its analysis to institutions located in the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., and includes only those institutions that are eligible for Title IV funding by virtue of being accredited by a regional or specialized agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

Contact

Wendy Paul
wendy.paul@phoenix.edu
847.458.9773