Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Places 37th Overall In National Poll Of Degrees Awarded To Hispanics

KINGSVILLE - July 15, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

University is first in master’s degrees in physical sciences category

Texas A&M University-Kingsville placed 37th in the nation in bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics in a poll of the Top Degree Producers for 2007 by the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The poll measured all degrees awarded to Hispanics in all academic disciplines. The university was ranked 42nd in the nation in master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics in all disciplines and tied for 36th place in all doctoral degree awarded.

When broken down in degree categories, A&M-Kingsville placed first in the nation in physical science master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics and was tied for 26th in master’s degrees awarded in education. Physical sciences include students graduating from A&M-Kingsville with degrees in chemistry, geology and physics. The poll used the Classification of Instructional Programs from the National Center for Education Statistics to determine which majors fell under which general category.

In individual doctoral degree polls, the university ranked fifth in the nation awarding doctorates in education to Hispanics.

In individual bachelor’s degree polls, A&M-Kingsville placed seventh in degrees awarded to Hispanics in the agriculture and related division. The university was tied for 24th in agriculture and related degrees awarded to all minorities.

In the engineering category, the university placed eighth in bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics and tied for 46th in bachelor’s degrees awarded to all minorities.

In the remainder of the polls for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics, A&M-Kingsville tied for 26th for physical sciences; 31st for mathematics and statistics; tied for 37th in biological and biomedical sciences; and 46th for social sciences. At A&M-Kingsville, social science includes criminology, political science and sociology.

The report included degrees conferred during the 2005-06 academic year, according to a report written by Dr. Victor M. H. Borden, associate vice president and associate professor at Indiana University; Pamela C. Brown, associate director of enrollment services at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Olivia Majesky-Pullmann, statistician/researcher for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The data are what has been reported so far to the United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Completions Survey of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS).
The report indicates the analysis is based on students’ racial or ethnic status, which is determined typically by the student’s self-reported response.

Borden, Brown and Majesky-Pullmann say in their report that “total minority bachelor degrees continue to climb at a steady rate, while the number of degrees conferred to White students shows a more recent increase after several years of little growth.

“Bachelor’s degrees conferred to Hispanics exceeded the number for Asian Americans at the turn of the millennium and the gap continues to increase,” the report continues. “Hispanic numbers have increased at the highest average annual rate of 6.3 percent.”

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