Oklahoma State University tops for American Indian graduates

Stillwater, Oklahoma (AP) June 2011

Oklahoma State University ranks atop a national list that measures the number of American Indian students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Preliminary data from the National Center for Education Statistics for 2009-10 indicates 355 American Indians received a degree from Oklahoma State during that school year. It’s the second straight year the Stillwater university has topped the list.

Jason Kirksey, the associate vice president for institutional diversity, says Oklahoma State now has a “tremendous opportunity” to help those students transition into success in graduate school.

The data showed Northeastern State University in Tahlequah ranked second in the number of American Indian graduates with 335, followed by the University of Oklahoma in Norman with 241.

Oklahoma has 39 federally recognized American Indian tribes.