Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville Ranks Ninth Nationally in Awarding Bachelor's Degrees to Hispanics

KINGSVILLE - June 26, 2008

Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2146

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) ranks Texas A&M University-Kingsville ninth in the nation in number of engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students.

A&M-Kingsville awarded 94 bachelor engineering degrees to Hispanic students in 2006-2007.

The ranking is included in the recently published ASEE directory “Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges,” which includes 2007 data from 338 participating engineering schools from across the country.

“Being in the top 10 is a huge accomplishment,” said Dr. Kuruvilla John, associate dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M-Kingsville. “We’re the smallest institution in the top 10 as far as student population and in resources, so we’re effective about what we’re doing.”

A&M-Kingsville’s success in producing engineers is crucial in light of studies showing a shortage in U.S. engineers. John cited a National Academies report, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future,” that outlines problems the United States faces in producing enough new professionals in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to stay competitive globally.

“Texas A&M-Kingsville is not only addressing a global need for engineers, we’re also addressing diversity,” John said. “It’s a strong testament to us meeting the mission of the university, which is to develop well-rounded leaders and critical thinkers who can solve problems in an increasingly complex, dynamic and global society.”

The University of Puerto Rico topped the ranking of schools awarding bachelor engineering degrees to Hispanic students, awarding 590 in 2007. Texas universities included in the top 10 with A&M-Kingsville are the University of Texas at El Paso, ranked fourth with 169 graduates; University of Texas at Austin, ranked seventh with 107; and Texas A&M University in College Station with 87.

The directory is posted online at http://www.asee.org/publications/profiles/index.cfm and can be ordered through ASEE.

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