Magazine ranks UTPA No. 4 in awarding master's degrees to Hispanics
Posted: 07/19/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American received another distinction this summer, the No. 4 spot on the "Top 100 Degree Producers" listing for master's degrees awarded to Hispanics as reported by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.

UTPA was listed fourth in the magazine's July 8 issue, while Florida International University took the No. 1 spot, in the awarding of master's degrees to Hispanics for the academic year 2008-2009. The University granted a total of 574 degrees, with 401 awarded to women and 173 to men.

Dr. Cynthia Brown, vice provost for graduate studies, attributes the growth in the awarding of graduate degrees to the Graduate School's outreach efforts as a result of the U.S. Department of Education's Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) grant program.

UTPA's Graduate School was awarded $1.75 million in fall 2009 over a 5-year period to implement the "Transforming Graduate Education at UTPA" initiative, which includes several activities intended to strengthen the graduate school and improve the educational experience for graduate students.

"This, along with efforts by the individual graduate programs, has resulted in the number of graduate degrees awarded each year increasing much faster than the growth in graduate student enrollment," Brown said.

Brown said the commendation is a testament to the top-notch students at UTPA who are making significant contributions to the border region.

In doctorate degrees awarded to Hispanics, UTPA ranked 31st along with the University of California-Santa Barbara, New York University, and the University of New Mexico-Main Campus.

The Top 100 list highlights institutions across the country that confer the most graduate 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 federal student financial aid programs.

In Diverse's June 10 issue, UTPA was ranked second on the "Top 100 Degree Producers" listing for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.

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