UTPA second nationally in bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 05/23/2000
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The University of Texas-Pan American ranks second in the 100 best U.S. colleges for Hispanics - based on the number of bachelor degrees awarded.

According to the May 5 issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education - a national biweekly publication - UTPA was second only to Florida International University in Miami. The magazine based its rankings on 1997-98 statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

This year's standing marks the third straight increase for UTPA. The University was fourth in 1998 and third last year.

"It is clear that the national press continues to recognize the successes The University of Texas-Pan American is having in educating Hispanics in this country," said Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo, provost/vice president for Academic Affairs. "We are not only increasing the number of Hispanic college graduates, but we also are providing an excellent workforce for the State of Texas and the nation."

According to the report, UTPA awarded 1,114 of 1,283 bachelor's degrees to Hispanics (427 men, 687 women). Florida International University awarded 2,004 of 3,937 degrees to Hispanics (803 men, 1,201 women).

Three other U.T. System schools rounded out the top five - UT El Paso with 1,069 degrees, UT Austin with 1,060 degrees and UT San Antonio with 889 degrees.

UTPA also ranks 15th in master's degrees awarded to Hispanics and is second in the percentage of Hispanic faculty, the magazine said in its issue focusing on the "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics."

The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine explores issues related to Hispanics in higher education. In addition to ranking colleges on bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, the magazine also listed universities by degrees awarded in 21 academic programs.

UTPA placed first in the nation in multi/interdisciplinary studies with 302 degrees, third in foreign language with 47 degrees, third in health sciences with 87 degrees, fourth in mathematics with 18 degrees and fourth in public administration with 55 degrees. The University also placed fifth in business and marketing with 191 degrees, fifth in English/literature with 48 degrees and sixth in protective services with 70 degrees.

Meanwhile, UTPA was 15th in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics with 157 of 226 total degrees (49 men, 108 women). That equals the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

UTPA was 16th in master's degrees in 1998 and 12th last year.

"The diversity in degree programs both at the undergraduate and graduate level will continue to give UTPA high ratings and draw more students to our programs," Arevalo said. "As we increase the number of doctoral programs at the University, we also will become recognized for these types of efforts."

UTPA also is second in the ratio of Hispanic faculty to overall faculty at 31.6 percent (161 of 510). UT Brownsville is first with 41.4 percent (170 of 411) Hispanic faculty.

In a message from publisher José López-Isa, the magazine notes degrees earned nationwide by Hispanics are up in every category from the previous year. Bachelor's degrees are up 3.1 percent, master's degrees are up 5.4 percent, and doctorates are up 5.9 percent.