E-zine ranks UTRGV third in most degrees awarded to Hispanics in 2014-2015

By Vicky Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 16, 2016 – Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a higher education news website and digital magazine, has ranked The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley third in the nation in terms of the most undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students.

The online publication, in its Aug. 25 issue titled “The 25th Annual Top 100 Bachelor’s Master’s Doctoral Degrees Conferred,” ranked UTRGV:

  • Third in the number of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics in the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Sixth nationwide in the number of master’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students, topping two other UT System schools ranked in the top 10 in that category – The University of Texas at El Paso (8th) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (10th).

“This is a tremendous honor for UTRGV,” said Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, UTRGV provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “We strive to serve our students from all backgrounds, and it is truly a privilege to be recognized for our commitment and dedication to our Hispanic community in the Rio Grande Valley.”

UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) with an enrollment of 28,584 students in the 2014-2015 academic school year. Of those students, 89 percent were Hispanic.

  • UTRGV also ranked first in total Hispanic enrollment among all four-year public universities in Texas.

The rankings looked at the total number of minorities receiving degrees each academic year.

In its first year, UTRGV awarded 2,654 degrees, placing it third behind California State University Fullerton, which awarded 2,704 degrees, and the country’s largest Hispanic-serving institution, Florida International University, which awarded 5,754 degrees.

According to the online publication, in the 2014-2015 academic year, nearly 2.94 million degrees were awarded nationally. Of those, 857,000 were awarded to various minorities totaling 29 percent of all degrees awarded at any level. That number is up 4 percent compared to the 2013-2014 academic year.

About Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The online publication covers issues like tenure, salary, faculty, students, recruitment, retention, access and equity. The magazine was launched in 1984 as Black Issues in Higher Education, and focused on the role of and issues pertaining to African-Americans in higher education. In 2005, it was renamed Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and expanded coverage to address issues that affect Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, veterans and other underrepresented groups in higher education.

READ THE ‘DIVERSE’ ISSUE HERE: http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=334598&p=44&l=&m=&ver=&view=&pp=#{"issue_id":"331228","page":0}

Victoria.Brito @UTRGV.edu
UTRGV Informational Writer / 956-882-4330

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