UTPA among nation's best for Hispanics, magazine reports
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 05/24/2002
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While The University of Texas-Pan American remains second nationally in total Hispanic enrollment among four-year colleges and universities, the institution now ranks third in granting master's degrees, based on a recent national magazine's report of the 100 best U.S. colleges for Hispanics.

According to a May issue of "The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education" - a national biweekly publication that ranked the nation's top 100 colleges for Hispanics based on U.S. Department of Education data from 1999-2000 - UTPA has 10,507 Hispanics out of 12,569 total students (83.6 percent). Florida International University (FIU) in Miami is first with 16,469 Hispanics out of 31,293 total students.

Further, UTPA and FIU were the only universities in the top five in awarding bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanics. UT Pan American was second to FIU in bachelor degrees at 1,239 (457 men, 782 women) and third to FIU and Nova Southeastern University (Florida) in master's degrees with 263 (80 men, 183 women). In fact, UTPA was the lone Texas higher education institution in the top nine for master's degrees.

"The latest rating by 'Hispanic Outlook' continues to show UTPA's improvement in graduating more and more students from Hispanic backgrounds," said Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost/vice president for Academic Affairs.

"The University is continuing to play a critical role in the education of the Hispanics in the United States and in enhancing the availability of trained professional."

"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 19 academic programs.

UTPA was first in the nation in multi/interdisciplinary studies with 300 degrees to Hispanics. The University placed in the top five nationally in biological sciences (84 degrees), English/literature (73), mathematics (20), health sciences (105), and visual and performing arts (44) and ranked in the top 10 in business and marketing (197), foreign language (36) and public administration (43).

Meanwhile, UTPA was third in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics with 263 of 376 total degrees - easily the highest percentage of any U. T. System institution.

At 33.9 percent, UT Pan American also ranked second to The University of Texas at Brownsville (37.9 percent) in percentage of Hispanic faculty. The University has 32 Hispanic managers and 175 faculty members.