The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine's annual review of the Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics ranked The University of Texas-Pan American second in the nation in the number of bachelor's degrees and eighth in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics.
According to the Top 100 report published May 9, UT Pan American awarded 1,477 bachelor's degrees to Hispanics out of 1,726 total degrees awarded. Florida International University, who ranked first for the last 11 years, awarded 2,588 bachelor's degrees to Hispanics. UTPA also awarded 306 master's degrees to Hispanics out of a total of 423 degrees awarded.
Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said he was happy to learn about UTPA's ranking at both the bachelor's and master's levels.
"The rankings indicate that the University is continuing to improve its graduation rate and to attract Hispanic students to the campus," Arévalo said. "We achieved these rankings because we make every effort to ensure that our students are successful in completing their degrees."
Other Texas institutions - The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas at El Paso - also ranked in the top five on the total number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.
Of the 21 different academic program areas examined in the rankings, UTPA placed in the top 10 of nine, including first in the nation in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics in both English literature and multi/interdisciplinary studies. UTPA ranked second in biological sciences, third in health sciences, fourth in mathematics, fifth in public administration and foreign language, seventh in business/marketing and tied for tenth in protective services.
Dr. Steven Schneider, UTPA professor and chair of the Department of English, said the English literature program rose to number one this year from being ranked third last year for several reasons.
"Students on campus have recognized the outstanding quality of our courses and faculty. They also appreciate the value of an English degree," Schneider said. "English is an exciting field with excellent opportunities for employment. Students also recognize the value of an English background for preparation for careers in law, professional writing, the arts and politics."
Hispanic Outlook based its report on the 2003-04 National Center for Education Statistics produced by the U.S. Department of Education.