Arizona ranks #1 in doctoral degrees awarded to Native Americans

By Nick Prevenas, University Communications

November 2, 2021

Chris Richards/University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is the top institution granting doctorates to Native American or Alaska Native students, according to the National Science Foundation’s most recent survey of earned doctorates.

Between 2016 and 2020, UArizona awarded 28 doctoral degrees to students of Native American or Alaska Native descent, the most of the 184 institutions of higher education that awarded doctoral degrees to students of these populations during this period. Nearly 5% of all doctorates awarded to Indigenous students during this five-year period were from UArizona.

“As Arizona’s land-grant university, we have an obligation to ensure that our state’s many students have access to an incredible education and the tools they need to achieve their hopes and goals. dreams, including and especially students from underserved populations,” said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. “Scholarships, dedicated mentors, and university-wide initiatives like the Center for Native Resilience help create an environment where Native American students can thrive, and this ranking clearly reflects the impact of those efforts and Along with our success in serving Hispanic and Latino students, which is essential to our mission as a Hispanic-serving institution, we are committed to serving Indigenous students and Indigenous nations in this region, and I am glad to see that the University of Arizona is a top choice for Indigenous students to pursue their Ph.D. degrees.”

Indigenous students at UArizona have access to several programs and initiatives designed to support their success, including Native American Student Affairs, the Agnese Nelms Haury Environmental and Social Justice Program, the Indigenous Peoples Technical Assistance Office, and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in Native American Studies at the College. social and behavioral sciences, among others.

“At the University of Arizona, we take tremendous pride in nurturing a culture where our students can reach their true potential,” said Nathan Levi Esquerra, Senior Vice President for Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement. “It’s exciting to see so many Native American students realizing this potential on our campus.”

UArizona is also one of the nation’s top institutions granting doctoral degrees to Hispanic or Latino students, ranking 7th out of 384 institutions that have awarded doctoral degrees to students from these populations.

Of the 13,351 doctorates earned at U.S. institutions by Hispanic and Latino students between 2016 and 2020, 200 of them were from UArizona.

“We are honored to see so many outstanding Hispanic students earning doctorates at our university,” said Marla Franco, Associate Vice Rector for Institutional Initiatives Serving Hispanics. “We know that earning these degrees is invaluable to Hispanic students and their families and the impact on society is far-reaching.”

In 2018, UArizona was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the United States Department of Education for its success in enrolling Hispanic students and providing them with educational opportunities. Arizona is one of the few members of Research I and the Association of American Universities to meet the criteria for HSI designation. As defined by the Higher Education Act, a higher education institution must have an undergraduate student body of at least 25% Hispanic to be designated an HSI.

In 2020, UArizona was named an Outstanding Member Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in recognition of the university’s excellence in support of HACU’s mission to champion Hispanic achievement in education. Higher Education.

Nohemi M. Moore