Posted by University News Service
May 11, 2010
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine ranked Texas State University-San Marcos one of the top 100 colleges for Hispanic degree earners. The publication releases an annual list of the top 100 four-year colleges and universities in the United States that conferred the most bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to Hispanic students. The rankings are determined by the National Center for Education Statistics.
This year, Texas State ranked 13 for bachelor’s degrees and 37 for master’s degrees, moving up in ranking from the previous year. In 2009, Texas State awarded more than 1,200 Hispanic students these degrees.
“At Texas State, we pride ourselves on educating one of the brightest and most talented groups of students in the state. We continually evaluate our academic programs to ensure they are meeting the needs and expectations of our student base,” Texas State President Denise Trauth said. “One of our greatest priorities is providing a solid foundation for not only our Hispanic student population, but for all our students. This will ensure each is challenged and given the proper tools to advance in whichever career path they choose to follow.”
Texas State is one of the fastest growing universities in the state, offering students access to hands-on research and top-notch educational programs. It is these attributes that earned the university a spot on this prestigious list. The American Enterprise Institute shows 40 percent of Hispanics in Texas graduate with a bachelor’s degree within six years, compared to 45 percent of Anglo students. At Texas State, nearly 50 percent of Hispanics graduate within six years. In an effort to continue that growth, the university works daily to attract and retain a diverse student population while ensuring student success and ultimately graduation.
Texas State is on the fast track to becoming one of the largest public universities in the state to be designated a Hispanic-serving institution, meaning at least 25 percent of full-time students are Hispanic. Texas State continues to offer Hispanics and all its student base opportunities to further their education and open doors to advancement in their next stage of life.