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Four UT System Institutions Top List in Awarding Bachelor's Degrees to Hispanics

AUSTIN – Four academic institutions within The University of Texas System were among the top 10 in the country that awarded bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics in the 2007-08 academic year, according to the magazine The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

The rankings were published in the publication’s May 2009 issue, which listed the top 100 U.S. institutions that granted bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to Hispanics based on the number of degrees awarded in that academic year.

Among the top ranking institutions that granted bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics were UT Pan American (No. 2), UT El Paso (No. 3), UT San Antonio (No. 4) and UT Austin (No. 9). Two other UT System institutions also made the list in that category: UT Brownsville (No. 25) and UT Arlington (No. 39).

In the listing of institutions that granted the most master’s degrees to Hispanics, UT Pan American was third and UT El Paso was fifth nationally, the magazine reported. Other UT System institutions that were ranked in that category included UT San Antonio (No. 12), UT Austin (No. 22), UT Arlington (No. 73) and UT Brownsville (No. 74). 

Additionally, five UT System institutions were listed in the top 100 that awarded doctoral degrees to Hispanics in the same academic year. They were: UT San Antonio (No. 22), UT Dallas (No. 74), UT El Paso (No. 75), UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (No. 89) and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (No. 90).

“These rankings clearly demonstrate that UT System institutions are playing a vital role in educating Texas’ fastest growing ethnic population and helping to close the gaps in college participation and success,” UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., said. “While these figures are encouraging, we know we must continue to work hard to ensure that our institutions better reflect the changing face of Texas and the nation.”

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The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 195,000 in the 2008 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

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