Hispanic Outlook releases 2014 data on higher ed schools; UTPA gets high marks

By Melissa Vasquez 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 19, 2016 – As The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley moves forward with its mission to inspire a new generation of college students, its legacy institution, The University of Texas-Pan American, once again has been highlighted in the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine’s annual “Top 25 Graduate Schools for Hispanics.”

The rankings are for 2014 statistics, and as such reflect UTPA’s performance. 

The April 2016 edition ranked UT Pan American fourth in graduate enrollment and sixth among U.S. schools in awarding master’s degrees to Hispanic students.

“This recognition is a testament to the great work we accomplished at UTPA and are now doing at UTRGV. We are proud to have received this distinction. But most of all, we are proud that we are positively impacting the lives of our students and their families,” said Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.

The report was based on 2014 data by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), produced by the U.S. Department of Education. In total graduate enrollment, UTPA enrolled a total of 3,157 students. of which 2,464 were Hispanics (78 percent); 1,524 of those students were Hispanic females, and 940 were Hispanic males.

In addition, UTPA in 2014 granted master’s degrees to a total of 715 students, of which 563 (79 percent) were Hispanic. In the data provided, a total of 370 Latinas and 193 Latinos earned graduate degrees.

Dr. Dave Jackson, interim dean of UTRGV’s Graduate College, said the recognition is further confirmation of the university’s continued success in its graduate programs, and reflects UTRGV’s mission of delivering high-quality graduate programs to residents in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

“This honor will allow us to continue to attract excellent students from across the nation, as well as top-tier faculty, to research and teach at UTRGV. We will live up to this legacy recognition by remaining focused on enhancing existing programs and adding additional programs as we continue to grow graduate enrollment at UTRGV,” Jackson said.

The UTRGV Graduate College offers programs in various formats, he said, including the traditional on-campus learning, blended or hybrid courses, as well as online in traditional semesters and accelerated seven-week modules

“We offer a wide variety of top-quality, accredited master’s and doctoral programs that are in high demand at very competitive tuition rates,” Jackson said. “And we have many faculty that are widely recognized as leaders in their field, from the arts to the physical sciences.”

To learn more about UTRGV’s Graduate College, visit http://www.utrgv.edu/graduate.

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