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UTSA ranks No. 4 in nation in bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics

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(May 18, 2010)--The University of Texas at San Antonio ranks No. 4 in the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students and No. 12 nationally in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to the May 2010 edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine. The magazine surveyed the 2008-2009 academic year of the Top 100 predominantly Hispanic-serving colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

"As an Hispanic-serving institution, we are honored to have eight of our academic programs ranked among the Top 10 HSIs in the country," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We are especially proud, once again, to be ranked consecutively as the national leader in awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students in the fields of biological sciences and architecture."

UTSA earned a No. 4 national ranking for awarding undergraduate degrees when 1,717 Hispanic students of a total 3,801 earned their bachelor's degree, representing 45 percent of the graduating class.

UTSA earned a No. 12 national ranking for awarding master's degrees when 320 Hispanic students out of a total 974 received their degrees, representing 33 percent of the class. Additionally, UTSA earned a No. 30 national ranking for awarding doctoral degrees when 12 Hispanic students out of a total 46 received their degree, representing 26 percent of the class.

Each year, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine report includes Hispanic student participation across all major fields of study.

For nearly 14 years, the UTSA College of Sciences has led the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students in the biological sciences, and that trend continued with 174 undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics in the 2008-2009 academic year. Additionally, the UTSA School of Architecture ranked first for the second consecutive year with 56 undergraduate degrees awarded. UTSA's business and marketing program ranked third with 449 undergraduate degrees awarded, as did UTSA's multidisciplinary studies program, awarding 219 undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students.

The UTSA undergraduate rankings include:

  • First--Biological sciences: 174
  • First--Architecture: 56
  • Third--Business and marketing: 449
  • Third--Multi/interdisciplinary studies: 219
  • Fifth--English literature: 84
  • Fifth--Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies: 66
  • Seventh--Mathematics: 18
  • 10th--Communication: 78

UTSA is one of 200 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI) in the United States, accredited with a full-time Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or greater. In 2009, HSIs received more than $93.2 million in federal funding. Overall, the University of Texas System dominated the first tier of the Top 100 institutions with UT Pan American, UT El Paso, UT San Antonio, and UT Austin placing among the Top 10.

 

 

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Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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