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UTPA third in nation in bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics
By C.M. Powell, Informational Writer III
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Posted: 05/05/1999
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The University of Texas-Pan American is third in the nation in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s annual "Top 100: The Colleges Best for Hispanics" issue, released in late April.

UTPA awarded 1,020 bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, following only Florida International University with 1,973 degrees awarded and The University of Texas at El Paso with 1,141 degrees.

UTPA also ranked 12th in the number of master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.

In bachelor’s degrees by academic program, UTPA ranked high in a number of areas: second in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, second in mathematics, fourth in health sciences, fourth in protective services (criminal justice), fifth in business and marketing, fifth in English and literature, sixth in foreign language and ninth in public administration (political science).

UTPA also was listed 10th in biological sciences, 12th in visual and performing arts, 17th in communications, 28th in engineering, 33rd in social sciences and 47th in psychology.

UTPA was not among the 42 schools listed in the category of bachelor’s degrees in education awarded to Hispanics; only five Texas schools were listed in that category. In Texas, students pursuing certification at the elementary level major in interdisciplinary studies and those seeking secondary certification major in an academic field. In the interdisciplinary studies category, UTPA was second only to UT El Paso, with a difference of only one graduate.

Hispanic Outlook compiled its rankings from 1996-97 data from the National Center for Educational Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education.