(Jan. 11, 2010)--The University of Texas at San Antonio ranks No. 3 among the nation's leading Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's) in the number of degrees awarded to Hispanics in science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM fields.
The rankings are based on a National Science Foundation funded study at the University of Southern California Center for Urban Education. The center surveyed the 2005-2006 academic year for the Top 25 predominately Hispanic serving colleges and universities with the largest Hispanic populations in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Arizona and New Mexico.
UTSA earned the No. 3 national ranking for awarding 357 degrees to Hispanics in the STEM fields or 44 percent of the total of STEM degrees awarded.
UTSA's success in awarding degrees in the STEM fields to Hispanics goes hand in hand with President Barack Obama's new "Educate to Innovate" initiative, designed to improve the participation and performance of America's students in STEM fields to compete in a global economy.
HSI's are defined as institutions in which Hispanic students constitute 25 percent or more of the full-time equivalent enrollment. At UTSA, Hispanic enrollment stands at 12, 432 or 43 percent of the student body.
According to the study, only eight percent of all postsecondary institutions are HSI's but half of all Hispanic college students are enrolled in these institutions. HSI's are responsible for awarding nearly 40 percent of all bachelor's degrees conferred to Hispanics.
In 2008, federal funding to HSI's in the United States surpassed $93 million. UTSA is one of more than 200 HSI's in the United States.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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