UTPA among top grad schools in Hispanic Outlook magazine
Contact: Roxanne Lerma Casares, Staff Writer (956) 665-2741
Posted: 04/13/2012
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The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) once again secured an elite ranking among schools in the country awarding graduate degrees to Hispanic students.

Prospective UTPA graduate students peruse through brochures at one of the University's recent graduate school fairs. UTPA was ranked among the top 25 institutions in the country in enrolling Hispanic students into graduate school and awarding them with master's and doctoral degrees.

UTPA was ranked as one of the top 25 schools in the nation in four categories of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine's listing for the 2010-2011 school year.

"UTPA's ranking as one of the top schools in awarding graduate degrees to Hispanics is very exciting as it is recognition for the work of the faculty to expand our graduate offerings," said Dr. Cynthia Brown, vice provost for graduate studies, academic centers and continuing education.

The magazine based its rankings on data from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

UTPA held onto its No. 4 rank in enrolling Hispanics into graduate programs. Out of 2,478 students admitted into UTPA's graduate programs in the Fall 2010 semester, 1,934 or 78 percent, were Hispanic.

UT Pan American was fifth for awarding master's and doctoral degrees in education to Latino students. The University also ranked 21st in giving master's and doctoral degrees in business, management and marketing and 22nd in awarding master's degrees in engineering.

"UTPA offers the opportunity to participate in graduate education with top-rated faculty in small classes with greater access to resources," Brown said. "We are increasing the level of educational attainment and opportunities for South Texas."

Brown said UTPA will continue to be among the top higher education institutions to confer degrees to Hispanic students.

"UTPA is currently developing new graduate programs to meet the needs of the community that also take advantage of the uniqueness of our border area," she said.

For more information about the rankings, visit Hispanic Outlook's website .