UTPA ranks second on "Top 100 Degree Producers" list
Posted: 06/16/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American is ranked No. 2 on the "Top 100 Degree Producers" listing for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics as reported by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.

Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, UTPA president, congratulates a graduate during the Spring 2010 commencement.

In the magazine's June 10 issue, UTPA was listed second, while Florida International University took the No. 1 spot and The University of Texas at El Paso was third, in the awarding of bachelor's degrees to Hispanics for the academic year 2008-2009. The University granted a total of 2,386 degrees, with 1,551 awarded to women and 835 granted to men.

"As the population in the Valley continues to grow, the University will continue to meet the needs of the Valley by continuing to produce high quality, first-rate graduates. I am extremely proud of Pan Am's faculty and students," Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, UTPA president, said.

In addition, UTPA was second in bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics in biological and biomedical sciences, fourth in business management, marketing, and related support services, and 10th in engineering. UTPA also ranked No. 27 in the social sciences and history area.

As for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities overall in all disciplines combined, UTPA was listed as No. 19 on the Top 100 list that highlighted institutions that confer the most degrees to African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, and Native American students.

The rankings were based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs.

According to the magazine's website, the publication addresses issues concerning African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans in higher education.

In May, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine annual review of the "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics" ranked UTPA second nationally in the number of bachelor's degrees, fourth in master's degrees, and 19th in doctorates awarded to Hispanics.

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