The University of Texas-Pan American is second to Florida International University in total Hispanic enrollment at four-year colleges, based on a national magazine's report of the 100 best U.S. colleges for Hispanics.
According to the May 7 issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education - a national biweekly publication - UTPA has 10,507 Hispanics out of 12,569 total students. Florida International University in Miami has 16,469 Hispanics out of 31,293 total students. UT El Paso was listed third in the nation.
UTPA - which also was featured in a three-page "Honor Roll" profile - was also the only university in Texas to be listed in the top five institutions for awarding master's degrees to Hispanics. The magazine based its rankings on 1998-99 statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.
"It is good to see we have moved higher up on the ranking of institutions that have large numbers of Hispanic students on campus and that produce BA- and MA-degreed students," said Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost/vice president for Academic Affairs.
"The University continues to meet the needs of Hispanic students and we are producing a growing number of Hispanic professionals for the state of Texas and the nation," Arévalo added. "It also means that as the population grows in the Rio Grande Valley, the number of Hispanics will increase at UTPA and our rankings will continue to increase."
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 was first in the nation in both health sciences and multi/interdisciplinary studies.
The University placed in the top five nationally in mathematics and foreign language and ranked in the top 10 in business and marketing, biological sciences, public administration, protective services and English/literature.
Meanwhile, UTPA jumped from 15th to fifth in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics with 209 of 285 total degrees (62 men, 147 women) - the highest percentage of any U. T. System institution.
"These rankings mean we are able to graduate students in important fields of study and we are being more successful than other universities," Arévalo said. "People should expect these numbers to continue to grow, and UTPA will become a leader in the production of Hispanic college graduates. I also foresee UTPA very soon being ranked high in the number of Hispanics receiving their doctoral degrees."
In a message from publisher José López-Isa, the magazine notes the Top 100 schools granted, to students overall, 10,300 more bachelor's, 1,200 fewer master's and 1,200 fewer doctoral degrees than a year earlier. But bachelor's degrees to Hispanics increased by 2,600 to 41,000, and master's rose to 10,292. Doctorates held nearly steady at 971.