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UTPA enrollment growth ranked high among Texas four-year institutions
By Julie Villarreal, Public Affairs Specialist
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Posted: 11/11/2003
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The University of Texas-Pan American is one of three Hispanic Serving Institutions in the State of Texas that reported the highest headcount growth for the fall 2003 semester, according to preliminary figures provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

UT Pan American reported a headcount increase of 1,497 more students from the previous fall semester. The University of Texas San Antonio increased by 2,650 and


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Dr. Susan R. Griffith
University of Texas at El Paso increased by 1,310.

“It is notable that the three institutions that added the most student headcount are all Hispanic Serving Institutions,” said Dr. Susan Griffith, executive director of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. “It is important that large universities serving non-Anglo populations increase their enrollments at a fast pace to help the state achieve its goal of increasing access to minority students.”

With a 10.4 percent growth, UTPA ranked seventh in enrollment increase among all higher education insititutions in the state. For the fall 2003 semester, the University enrolled 15,889.

“The University has been working with the school districts in many K-16 collaborations


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UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez
including the University Scholars Program, the Recommended High School Curriculum, Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment,“ said UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez.

“These collaborations seem to be having the desired results that are motivating and encouraging more students to further their education.”

In previous years, UTPA grew at a rate of less than two percent. Since fall 2001, the University's enrollment rate has steadily increased and exceeded the projected yearly figures set by THECB.

Under the Closing the Gaps by 2015 plan – which calls for increasing higher education enrollments to 1.5 million students for comparable increases in the number of degrees and certificates awarded by 2015 – UT Pan American is expected to reach an enrollment of more than 26,000 students.

Within the long-term goal, the Closing the Gaps campaign has also placed intermediate enrollment goals for universities each year, and UT Pan American is already ahead of schedule.

The Texas Legislature created the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1965 to "provide leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students.”

Preliminary figures for higher education in Texas showed a total enrollment among all institutions of 1,148,047 students for the fall semester.

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