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UTPA tops all Texas schools, 3rd nationwide in awarding graduate degrees to Hispanics
Posted: 10/04/2012
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The University of Texas-Pan American's ranking as No. 1 of the top 25 colleges in Texas with Latinos earning master's degrees was noted in the most recent issue of Poder Hispanic magazine, a premier publication focusing on U.S. and Latin-American business and corporate leaders.

UT Pan American ranks at the top of Texas colleges in the number of Latinos earning master's degrees. UTPA's ranking was recently highlighted in the October-November issue of the national Poder Hispanic magazine.
In its article in the October-November 2012 issue on the pay-off for Latinos of post-graduate education, Poder included the list from rankings compiled and published in May 2012 by The Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine, which based its rankings on the number of Latino graduates in 2011. Of the 767 master's degrees UTPA awarded that year, 579 or 78 percent went to Hispanics.

According to the Hispanic Outlook rankings, based on information compiled by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, UT Pan American not only tops all Texas schools but is third nationally in awarding master's degrees to Hispanics.

In the article, Poder writer Valerie Menard said the high numbers indicated the schools' success of not only recruiting Hispanics but, more importantly, their success in completing graduate programs by providing sufficient academic support for students. The article went on to say that earning a graduate degree results in higher median earnings, remaining more competitive in today's job market, and a demonstrated commitment to certain skills valued by employers - responsibility, time management and dedication to a career.

UTPA currently offers 53 master's, three doctoral and two cooperative doctoral programs within seven colleges.

To learn more about UT Pan American's graduate programs, visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.