The University of Texas-Pan American is becoming a more desirable place for graduate students, according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.
Overall, UTPA ranked among the top 25 schools throughout the U.S. in three categories of the magazine's listing for the 2009-2010 school year. The magazine based its rankings on data from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
The University ranked fourth among the magazine's "Top 25 Grad Schools for Hispanics" in the country in enrolling students in graduate programs in 2009, up two spots from its rank in the magazine's list a year ago. In Fall 2009, out of 2,390 students enrolled in graduate programs at UTPA, 1,839 were Hispanic, according to the list, which was published in the April 4 edition of Hispanic Outlook.
The rankings show efforts by the Office of Graduate Studies in encouraging more people to attain more education is paying off. The office has increased its use of social media and hosted more community events and workshops, among other initiatives to promote UTPA's graduate programs, said Sylvia Adalpe, director of Office of Graduate Studies, Academic Centers and Continuing Education.
Last month the office had a record high number of people attend its Grad Fair. More than 550 people attended that event.
"We're excited to see more of a response from the local community and outside the Valley," Adalpe said.
The office is also focusing on graduate student retention. In January 2010 the office opened its Graduate Resource Center on the third floor of the Administration Building to provide graduate students and faculty with information and other assistance at UTPA. The center was made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Title V "Promoting Post Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans" program.
UTPA also ranked eighth in awarding master's and Ph.D.'s in education in 2010 and 18th in awarding master's and Ph.D.'s in business/management/marketing, according to the magazine.
UTPA has earned a spot on Hispanic Outlook's lists, including its "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics", since the late 1990s. The magazine began its "Top 25 Grad Schools for Hispanics" list less than a decade ago, said Jason Paneque, the publication's news desk and copy editor. UTPA has made that list since 2008.
For more information about the rankings, visit Hispanic Outlook's website.