The University of Texas-Pan American maintains its top spots in the number of bachelor's and master's degrees awarded to Hispanics as listed in the annual review of the "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics" by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine.
The rankings, which were released in the May 4, 2009 edition of the publication, show UTPA held on to its second-place ranking by awarding 88 percent of its bachelor's degrees to Hispanics. Of a total of 2,405 bachelor's degrees awarded at UTPA, 2,110 were presented to Hispanics - 1,327 Hispanic females and 783 Hispanic males.
In master's degrees awarded to Hispanics, UTPA ranks third, up from last year's fourth ranking with 79 percent of the degrees going to Hispanics. Of the 643 master's degrees awarded, 506 were to Hispanics. Again, Hispanic females led in the earnings with 378 to 128 earned by Hispanic males.
The Hispanic Outlook report is based on data gathered from July1, 2007-June 30, 2008 by the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) program.
Of the 27 different academic program areas examined in the rankings, UTPA earned a place in 13 categories. In degrees awarded to Hispanics by academic programs, UTPA ranked first in English literature and foreign language. The University ranked second in the areas of biological and biomedical sciences, multi-interdisciplinary studies, health sciences, and visual and performing arts.
Other rankings in academic programs included third in parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies, fourth in business and marketing and protective services, fifth in communications, seventh in engineering/engineering tech, eighth in mathematics, and 10th in public administration.