Rebecca Ruiz-McGill Teaching and Students
UA a Top Producer of Hispanic, Native American Grads
With Arizona's baseball team taking a national championship and with some Wildcats completing in Olympic trails, the UA has been getting a lot of positive attention around athletics.
And there's more good news on the academic side of the house.
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education recently named the UA among the nation’s top institutions graduating Hispanic students with bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees. The UA ranks 20th in granting bachelor degrees to Hispanic students, along with top 10 recognition for degrees in pharmacy, agriculture, foreign languages, literature and linguistics.
Also, the UA takes first place in the U.S. for conferring doctoral degrees to Native American students and places 9th among institutions granting doctoral degrees to Hispanic students, the 2010 Survey of Earned Doctorates by the National Science Foundation indicates.
The University has adopted specific efforts to increase the academic success and retention of college-bound students, including those who are ethnic minorities, low-income and first-generation. Offices and programs that are working to improve students' college-going rates, retention and success include: The Office of Early Academic Outreach, the New Start summer program, the Prodigy Program, the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs and the Access and Inclusion programs.
Photo credit: Students represent the UA chapter of Soiety of Hispanic Professional Engineers in a competition to design and build a tower made of dry spaghetti that holds water. (Beatriz Verdugo/UANews)