(April 18, 2014) --The Peace Corps has released the 2014 rankings of the nation's top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). This year, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) ranks among the top 10 with nine alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 77 alumni from UTSA have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.
"I applaud these Hispanic-Serving Institutions for promoting the value of service in their students and encouraging them to promote the rich diversity of the American people," said Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps acting director. "We want every American to know about the Peace Corps, so we are stepping up our outreach in under-represented communities so our volunteer force represents the beautiful multicultural nation that we are."
The nine alumni are serving in seven countries around the world. The Peace Corps Southwest Region is home to three of the top 10 HSIs in this year's rankings.
The 2014 Top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Peace Corps volunteers are:
1. San Diego State University (33 volunteers currently serving)
2. California State University, Long Beach (31 volunteers currently serving)
3. University of New Mexico (26 volunteers currently serving)
4. University of California, Riverside (24 volunteers currently serving)
5. California State University, Northridge (15 volunteers currently serving)
6. California State University, Fullerton (14 volunteers currently serving)
7. Texas State University (12 volunteers currently serving)
8. Florida International University (11 volunteers currently serving)
9. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (9 volunteers currently serving)
9. California State University, Los Angeles (9 volunteers currently serving)
9. University of Texas at San Antonio (9 volunteers currently serving)
The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2013 data as of Sept. 30, 2013, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. College graduates who have served with the Peace Corps gain hands-on experience and return home with cross-cultural, leadership, community development and language skills that help strengthen international ties and increase our country's global competitivenes.
About the Peace Corps
As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development.
When they return to the United States, volunteers bring back their knowledge and experiences -- and a global outlook that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide.
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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