University leads nation in awarding bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanics
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Posted: 05/22/2008
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The University of Texas-Pan American continues leading the nation in the number of bachelor's and master's degrees awarded to Hispanics according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine's annual review of the "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics."

The rankings, which were released in the May 5, 2008 edition of the publication, show UTPA maintained its second-place ranking with its awarding of 89 percent of its bachelor's degrees to Hispanics. Of a total of 2,404 bachelor's degrees awarded at UTPA, 2,148 were presented to Hispanics - 1,401 Hispanic females and 747 Hispanic males.

In master's degrees awarded to Hispanics, UTPA moved up one spot from last year's fifth to fourth ranking with 79 percent of the degrees going to Hispanics. Of the 631 master's degrees awarded, 500 were to Hispanics. Again, Hispanic females led in the earnings with 361 to 139 earned by Hispanic males.

"This is a testament to the University's commitment to providing students with quality programs, outstandingly qualified faculty and a supportive learning environment in which to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees. We are proud the University continues to maintain its top rankings on the this list and continues to serve as a national leader," Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president, said.

The Hispanic Outlook report is based on 2007 data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is produced by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, UTPA ranked fourth in colleges and universities across the country enrolling the most Hispanics. Of the 17,337 students enrolled at UTPA in 2007, 87 percent were Hispanic. A total of 15,006 Hispanic students enrolled at UTPA - 8,960 Hispanic females and 6,046 Hispanic males.

Of the 28 different academic program areas examined in the rankings, UTPA earned a spot in 12 categories. In degrees awarded to Hispanics by academic programs, UTPA ranked first in English literature, foreign language, and mathematics.

UTPA ranked second in biological and biomedical sciences, health sciences, and multi-interdisciplinary studies. The University ranked fourth in protective services and business and marketing. Other rankings in academic programs included seventh in communications, eighth in visual and performing arts, and 11th in engineering/engineering tech and public administration.