From left: Sam Berrios, UTSA alumnus; Diane Walz,College of Business
associate dean of graduate studies and research; Katherine Pope, College
of Business directorof graduate student services; and Lynda de la Vina,
College of Business dean

College of Business receives excellence award

By Wendy Frost
Director of Communications, UTSA College of Business

(Oct. 30, 2006)--The UTSA College of Business received the Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from the National Society of Hispanic M.B.A.s (NSHMBA) last weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, during NSHMBA's annual conference.

"We are honored to receive this award from NSHMBA," said Lynda de la Vina, dean of the UTSA College of Business. "As an Hispanic-serving institution we are proud of our accomplishments in making higher education attainable for all students. In addition to our first-class academic programs, we provide an overall experience for our M.B.A. students that not only leads to a completed degree, but sets them on the path for a successful and fulfilling career."

More than 30 percent of UTSA M.B.A. students are Hispanic, greatly outpacing the national average of 4.5 percent. The college's faculty is diverse as well with minority faculty representing 20 percent. Enrolling more than 725 graduate students, the UTSA College of Business offers an innovative flex M.B.A. program, an executive M.B.A. program as well as a new noon M.B.A. program.

The Brillante Award for Educational Excellence recognizes educational institutions that strive for a diverse student population and have a successful and proven track record in programs targeted at Hispanic outreach. Past educational award recipients have included Bentley University, Cornell University, Rice University, University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin.

The Brillante Award, the most prestigious award granted by NSHMBA, was established in 1989 to honor the efforts of organizations illuminating the path for Hispanics pursuing higher education.

In addition to this honor, the College of Business was named one of the top 10 M.B.A. programs for minorities by the Princeton Review, one of the 15 largest minority M.B.A. programs by U.S. News and World Report and ranks second in the nation for the number of undergraduate business degrees awarded to Hispanics according to Hispanic Outlook magazine.

UTSA's College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 6,200 enrolled students and 37 graduate and undergraduate business programs. The college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing "Knowledge for a New World."

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