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Walden News // Feb 24, 2011

Walden University Ranked Second Among Universities Awarding Doctorates to African Americans

Minneapolis—February 24, 2011—According to data recently released from the National Science Foundation, the 2009 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) listed Walden University as No. 2 in the category of doctorate-granting institutions with the largest number of African-American doctorate recipients.

The SED, an annual census of individuals who have received research doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. institutions, gathers information about these individuals’ educational histories, funding sources and post-doctoral plans. The survey findings help identify trends in doctoral education and support efforts to improve the country’s doctoral education system. The SED is conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago for the National Science Foundation and five other federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition to the SED ranking, Walden is consistently recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as a top provider of graduate degree programs for African Americans. In its 2010 Top 100 Degree Producers: Graduate and Professional, for African Americans students, Walden was No. 2 for master’s degrees in health professions and related clinical sciences; No. 4 in education; and No. 3 for doctoral degrees in business, management and marketing.

The choice for many working professionals, online learning creates a diverse, global classroom experience that can provide students with fresh insights and new perspectives. Students benefit from the knowledge of Walden faculty members who are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders with a broad range of experiential and cultural backgrounds and excel at integrating their expertise into the global classroom.

For more information about Walden’s doctoral degree programs, visit

About Walden University
For 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 50 online and campus-based universities in 24 countries.

Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,