UTSA ranked No. 3 in degrees awarded to Hispanics in STEM fields

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(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.