(July 15, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is ranked No. 7 in the nation in bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics and No. 27 in bachelor's degrees awarded to all minority students according to an annual national report published by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The rankings, reflecting the 2011-2012 academic year, document the ability of U.S. colleges to award degrees to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American students.
UTSA earned its No. 7 ranking for awarding 1,919 undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students, representing 45 percent of all UTSA bachelor's graduates for 2011-2012. Additionally, several academic disciplines at UTSA ranked among the top 10 undergraduate degrees awarded to both Hispanics and all minority students combined.
"As an institution where the minority is the majority, we are continually looking at ways to ensure that our students succeed," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "This ranking highlights some of our top performing degree programs and demonstrates our commitment to offering a top tier academic environment to our students."
According to fall 2012 statistics, two-thirds of UTSA students come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education including Hispanic (45.2 percent of student population), African-American (8.9 percent), Asian (4.8 percent) and Native American (0.2 percent).
The report also included minority graduation statistics across major fields of study. UTSA's undergraduate degree award rankings for Hispanic students include the following:
No. 1 -- Architecture (51 percent); Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies (45 percent)
No. 2 -- Marketing (44 percent)
No. 3 -- Biological and Biomedical Sciences (45 percent)
No. 4 -- Business, Management, Marketing (42 percent); History (45 percent); Mathematics and Statistics (40 percent)
No. 5 -- Homeland Security, Law Enforcement (59 percent); Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (53 percent)
No. 6 -- Accounting (47 percent); Psychology (47 percent)
UTSA's undergraduate degree award rankings for all minority students include the following:
No. 4 -- Architecture (57 percent)
No. 5 -- Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies (58 percent)
No. 6 -- Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (63 percent)
UTSA also has been ranked No. 6 in the nation in the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Additionally, the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering are ranked the No. 7 and No. 5 in the nation for Hispanic graduate students, respectively, by HispanicBusiness magazine. UTSA also was among 27 higher education institutions across the nation honored in 2012 for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access Inc.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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