(May 19, 2014) -- For the sixth consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) undergraduate program in Architecture ranks No. 1 in the nation for awarding degrees to Hispanic students, according to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education's annual Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics report. Four other UTSA undergraduate degree programs rank among the best in the country:
No. 1 -- Architecture: 63 (41 male and 22 female)
No. 3 -- Mathematics: 25 (11 male and 14 female)
No. 5 -- Criminal justice: 137 (71 male and 66 female)
No. 6 -- Psychology: 163 (41 male and 122 female)
No. 8 -- Communication: 103 (34 male and 69 female)
Overall, UTSA ranks No. 7 in the nation for the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students. UTSA earned this top ranking for awarding degrees to 2,330 Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students out of 5,406 students total in 2011-2012, which represented 43 percent of the university's graduating class.
UTSA also ranks No. 7 for the number of undergraduate Hispanic students enrolled and No. 10 for the number of Hispanic graduate students enrolled. Hispanic student enrollment is 47 percent of the total undergraduate population and 35 percent of the total graduate population at UTSA.
"UTSA provides its students with top-tier education and research opportunities," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "We are pleased to be shaping the lives of so many young Hispanic students and helping change the face of our country's leaders in all professional fields."
Each year, the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education surveys the Top 100 predominantly Hispanic-serving four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico. It obtains the information for its rankings from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Other UT System schools that were also ranked among the top 100 are the University of Texas at El Paso (No. 4), the University of Texas-Pan American (No. 5), the University of Texas at Brownsville (No. 9) and the University of Texas at Austin (No. 13).
UTSA is one of more than 350 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) in the United States, accredited with a full-time Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or greater.
In addition to recognition from the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, HispanicBusiness ranked the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering No. 8 and No. 5 in the nation for Hispanics, respectively. Additionally, Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked UTSA No. 7 for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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