The Hispanic Outlook has compiled the Top 100 institutions for Hispanics based on degrees awarded. This information is made available by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Florida schools were dominant, with Florida International University (FIU) topping the list of Top 100 schools conferring both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. FIU also scored the highest percentage of Ph.D. recipients. Nova Southeastern led the list of schools conferring the most doctoral degrees. However, Texas schools had the highest percentage of degree earners in the areas of bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Here Are Highlights from Each Grouping
The latest figures reveal that Florida International University awarded the most bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics – 3,918 in 2010. This represents 63 percent of the 6,266 degrees granted by FIU. In 2009, FIU awarded 3,555, which also represented 63 percent. FIU leads the list of top schools for mas-ter’s degrees as well, 1,014 degrees conferred on Hispanics, representing 43 percent of the master’s degrees it granted. For the third year in a row, Nova Southeastern University earned the top spot on the Top 100 list for doctoral degrees, with 266 degrees conferred on Hispanic students out of the 1,806 conferred there, representing 15 percent of Nova’s Ph.D.s granted.
More Hispanic females than Hispanic males obtained master’s degrees in 2009. In fact, Hispanic females outnumbered Hispanic males achieving master’s degrees in more than 90 percent of the schools on our Top 100 list. Latinas were shown to earn more bachelor’s degrees than Latinos too. More than 95 percent of the Top 100 schools for bachelor’s to Latinos had more Latina than Latino recipients.
Four schools stand out for their high percentage of Hispanic degree earners. Two are part of the University of Texas system. As for bachelor’s degrees, among the top 10 schools, the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) and the University of Texas-Brownsville had large percentages of Hispanics obtaining bachelor’s – 90 percent for each school in 2010 – but another Texas school, Texas A&M International University, had the highest percentage of Hispanic bachelor’s degree recipients, 93 percent. The University of Texas-Pan American had the highest percentage of Hispanic master’s degree earners at 78 percent. Florida International University had the greatest percentage of Hispanic doctoral degree conferees at 38 percent.
Part of the reason for UT’s success in recruiting and graduating more Hispanics are the programs the school conducts to attract and prepare graduate students. For instance, at its annual grad fair, the University of Texas-Pan American gathers all of its graduate programs under one roof to offer a one-stop shop to learn about the many master’s, doctoral and grad-uate certificate programs it offers. “At the fair, prospective students can not only learn about more than 60 graduate programs UTPA offers to further their education but also about a number of graduate certificate programs the university offers for working professionals seeking to gain professional development and added expertise in their field,” said Denisse Cantu, grad-uate student recruiter.
UT has a diverse faculty in terms of ethnicity and race. More than half of UT-Pan American faculty in the Ph.D. program in business administra-tion are of color. Whites make up 26 percent of the faculty, another 26 per-cent are Hispanics, 26 percent are Asian-American, and 5 percent are Black. International instructors make up 5 percent of the faculty at UT-Pan American. In the Doctor of Education program, Hispanic faculty make up 43 percent of Ph.D. recipients, while Whites are 36 percent of the faculty in that program.
UT-Brownsville’s high percentage of Hispanics earning master’s degrees, 76 percent, might be due in part to its special Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship. The school offers to provide tuition support for graduate students pursuing their first master’s degree. Students who are residents of Texas with satisfactory GRE scores and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, or any graduate student who has completed 12 semester credit hours with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better, are eligible to apply. The scholarship is a one-course-per-semester award of tuition for up to six courses or 18 semester credit hours of a graduate degree.
In the area of bachelor’s degrees granted by academic program, California schools scored a perfect ten in Hispanic studies. All 10 schools in that category are California schools. The University of California (UC) system locked in the first five schools in Hispanic studies with UC-Santa Cruz ranked No. 1 and San Francisco University, UC-Irvine, California State University-Northridge, San Diego State University and Cal State Los Angeles ranked Nos. 6 through 10, respectively. Texas, on the other hand, missed a clean sweep of bachelor’s degree recipients for the multi/ interdisciplinary academic program when Arizona State University ranked ninth on that top 10 list. Five of the nine Texas schools in that category are from the University of Texas system.
A final note on the compilation of the lists: data are derived from various lists compiled by NCES and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). NCES recently made the 2010 degree recipient figures avail-able, rather than release this information every two years, as originally scheduled. Also, NCES has created a new data-gathering system. Under the new system, not all schools are on every data list. For instance, there are now not one but three doctoral degree categories, including one for professional practice only. Schools have been given two years to comply with the new sys-tem. The Hispanic Outlook has combined available data from all NCES lists to try to give fair representation to all institutions during this transition.