TOP SPOTS: TWO UH PROGRAMS RANK NO. 1
FOR GRADUATING HISPANIC STUDENTS
The Hispanic Outlook Magazine Lists the Top 100 Colleges, Universities
HOUSTON, May 29, 2007—The University of Houston colleges
of Architecture and Optometry are tops in the nation for graduating
Hispanic students. That’s according to rankings by The Hispanic
Outlook in Higher Education Magazine’s Top 100 Colleges and
Universities for Hispanics.
The 2006 statistics, the most recent available for the annual listing,
come from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center
for Education Statistics.
“We are proud of the depth of talent and ability that our
students have,” said Joe Mashburn, dean of the UH Gerald D.
Hines College of Architecture. “We choose the best students
for our program and are confident of the high-caliber professionals
they will become.”
Fifty-seven degrees were awarded to Hispanic students in 2006 from
the College of Architecture. The ranking is three places higher
than last year.
The UH College of Optometry also is ranked No. 1 in the category
recognizing programs that award first professional degrees to Hispanic
students. The college was listed second in last year’s rankings.
“We take great pride in educating, training and graduating
students that mirror the larger society in which we live and work,”
said Dean Earl L. Smith III. “Within the health care professions,
it is especially vital that we strive to graduate students that
reflect the patient population in their care.”
The University of Houston as a whole ranked 15th in the nation
for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics,
with 911. That figure represented 20 percent of the graduating student
body in 2006. UH is listed as 64th in the nation in the number of
master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics and 23rd in the number
of doctoral degrees granted.
The magazine notes that more women than men were awarded undergraduate
degrees in the 100 colleges and universities ranked. It also notes
that in its survey of individual programs, Texas has the most colleges
and universities represented, with 17. In addition, the University
of Houston is listed as 56th in the number of Hispanic students
enrolled full time in comprehensive doctoral programs.
“The University of Houston is proud of its diverse student
body and pleased to be recognized for efforts to graduate more Hispanic
students,” said Donald Foss, UH senior vice president of academic
affairs and provost. “We believe, as our city does, that diversity
is a strength and part of what makes Houston, and UH, great.”
In the business and marketing category, the C.T. Bauer College
of Business was ranked fifth in the number of bachelor’s degrees
awarded to Hispanics last year.
“Bauer College thrives in a world-class city like Houston
because of the global perspective that our students bring us and
the innovative, vibrant and dynamic environment that we provide,”
said Dean Arthur D. Warga.
The UH College of Pharmacy also rose to the No. 5 spot, up from
13th last year.
“It’s extremely gratifying to see more Hispanic students
recognizing the pharmacy profession’s nearly unlimited career
opportunities and immense potential for contributing to the health
and well-being of our community,” said College of Pharmacy
Dean Sunny E. Ohia. “We are pleased that our college is able
to increase its enrollment and graduation of these students.”
Figures show that Florida International University awarded the
most undergraduate degrees to Hispanics, 2,903, and the most master’s
degrees, 682. The University of Texas at Austin is listed as awarding
the most doctoral degrees to Hispanic students in the nation, with
To view the entire list of colleges and universities ranked by The
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, visit www.hispanicoutlook.com/.
About the University of Houston
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research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research
centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with
corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse
research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education,
research and service with more than 35,000 students.
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