Hispanic Business Names UTEP College of Business Administration #1 and College of Engineering #4 In the Nation


Hispanic Business Names UTEP College of Business Administration #1 and College of Engineering #4 In the Nation


From left Brian Yothers, Ph.D.; Jose Villalobos, Ph.D.; Gita Upreti, Ph.D.; UTEP President Diana Natalicio; Ivonne Santiago, Ph.D.; and Amy Wagler, Ph.D.
College of Engineering Building
Photo courtesy of UTEP.

The University of Texas at El Paso's College of Business Administration and College of Engineering are rated among the best graduate schools in the country for Hispanics by HispanicBusiness.com.

The online media company rated UTEP's College of Business Administration #1 for the fifth year in a row while the College of Engineering was ranked #4, marking 10 straight years in the magazine's top five. According to its website, the 2014 Hispanic Business Best Schools "represent the cream of the crop when it comes to institutions of higher learning with Hispanic postgraduate enrollments."

HispanicBusiness.com based its findings on points scored within five categories: percent of Hispanic student enrollment, percent of Hispanic faculty members, percent of degrees conferred to Hispanics and the progressive programs aimed at increasing enrollment of Hispanic students.

The 2013 graduate enrollment for the College of Business Administration was 64 percent Hispanic. Seventy out of 117 total MBA degrees earned were awarded to Hispanics. More than one-quarter of the college's faculty are Hispanic.

"This national ranking is a testament to our community of students, staff, faculty, business advisory council members, alumni, and friends," said Robert Nachtmann, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business Administration. "We are proud to place UTEP's name among the other top 10 world-class universities and to retain our national ranking as a leader of 21st century business schools advancing the economic well-being of our talented students and our community."

The UTEP College of Business Administration is the only school in the El Paso metropolitan area to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 5 percent of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation.

"This ranking will further raise the national profile of our program, help us connect with new corporate partners and most importantly, help enhance the value of a UTEP MBA for our graduates," said Assistant Dean for MBA Programs Laura Uribarri.

Ranked among Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Texas at Austin, Purdue University and The University of Texas at San Antonio, the UTEP College of Engineering's 2013 data showed 44.7 percent Hispanic graduate enrollment with 48 percent of postgraduate degrees earned awarded to Hispanics. Thirty-one percent of the college's faculty are Hispanic.

"It's an honor to be included in the top five engineering schools for Hispanics for the 10th year in a row," said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering. "This recognition and the fact that we are the highest producer of Hispanic M.S. and Ph.D. engineering graduates in the 50 states is a testament to the attraction of our programs and the faculty that produce them.

In addition to enrollment, institutions on the Hispanic Business Best Schools lists must also rank high in categories including faculty numbers and programs to attract and retain Hispanic students.

"The schools on our lists are well-rounded and have made notable efforts to engage the Hispanic community," the website reports.

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