UTSA is among institutions conferring the most degrees to minorities

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Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 2013

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(July 15, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is ranked No. 7 in the nation in bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics and No. 27 in bachelor's degrees awarded to all minority students according to an annual national report published by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The rankings, reflecting the 2011-2012 academic year, document the ability of U.S. colleges to award degrees to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American students.

UTSA earned its No. 7 ranking for awarding 1,919 undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students, representing 45 percent of all UTSA bachelor's graduates for 2011-2012. Additionally, several academic disciplines at UTSA ranked among the top 10 undergraduate degrees awarded to both Hispanics and all minority students combined.

"As an institution where the minority is the majority, we are continually looking at ways to ensure that our students succeed," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "This ranking highlights some of our top performing degree programs and demonstrates our commitment to offering a top tier academic environment to our students."

According to fall 2012 statistics, two-thirds of UTSA students come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education including Hispanic (45.2 percent of student population), African-American (8.9 percent), Asian (4.8 percent) and Native American (0.2 percent).

The report also included minority graduation statistics across major fields of study. UTSA's undergraduate degree award rankings for Hispanic students include the following:

No. 1 -- Architecture (51 percent); Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies (45 percent)
No. 2 -- Marketing (44 percent)
No. 3 -- Biological and Biomedical Sciences (45 percent)
No. 4 -- Business, Management, Marketing (42 percent); History (45 percent); Mathematics and Statistics (40 percent)
No. 5 -- Homeland Security, Law Enforcement (59 percent); Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (53 percent)
No. 6 -- Accounting (47 percent); Psychology (47 percent)

UTSA's undergraduate degree award rankings for all minority students include the following:

No. 4 -- Architecture (57 percent)
No. 5 -- Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies (58 percent)
No. 6 -- Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (63 percent)

UTSA also has been ranked No. 6 in the nation in the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Additionally, the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering are ranked the No. 7 and No. 5 in the nation for Hispanic graduate students, respectively, by HispanicBusiness magazine. UTSA also was among 27 higher education institutions across the nation honored in 2012 for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access Inc.