TAMIU Ranks High on Hispanic Report Card
Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is among the state's
top four-year institutions according to the Hispanic Report Card released
The Report Card, produced by Ed C. Apodaca, associate vice president
for enrollment management at the University of Houston, is based on information
obtained from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and
is intended to focus attention on what Apodaca considers a "serious
under-representation of Hispanics which exists at all levels of higher
education." It also seeks to gauge the State's success at meeting
its goals of significantly increasing higher education enrollment by Hispanics
and African Americans by 2015 through its "Closing the Gaps"
Using THECB 2001-2002 data, Apodaca ranked the state's 35 public universities,
noting percentages of Hispanic tenured faculty, administrators, students
enrolled and degrees awarded. Community colleges and technical colleges
were also reviewed.
TAMIU was ranked fifth among the state's four-year institutions, earning
a "B" rating. Among those institutions in the top five were
the University of Texas-Pan American, UT-Brownsville, UT-El Paso, and
UT-San Antonio. TAMIU was the highest ranked of Texas A&M University
System campuses in Apodaca's annual ranking.
University president Dr. Ray Keck said the ranking attests to the University
continuing to fulfill its service mission, but its intent to go further
"This University was put here to address an historic shortcoming
in higher education for the people of South Texas and we are clearly succeeding
in providing the access to higher education for Hispanics that had long
been denied. In addition, we are also delivering on our charge to be Texas'
international university, by attracting students from around the world
to live, learn and study in a culture of commerce and diversity. We've
exceeded our State target enrollments since "Closing the Gaps"
began, posting total undergraduate and graduate enrollments of 3,372 in
the Fall of 2001; 3,724 in Fall 2002 and 4,078 in Fall 2003, These represent
enrollment growth of 10-12% annually," Dr. Keck noted.
He noted that in addition to the number of Hispanics serving the University
as faculty, administrators or enrolling for classes, the University is
also providing relevant programming that is attracting new students.
"The most recent example of this is our success in securing the
state's first Hispanic Studies Ph.D. which will be offered in a collaborative
with other Texas A&M University System campuses. This attests to our
continued commitment to our service community and our pledge to be the
regional university of choice for South Texas. In addition, we'll soon
be moving forward with our initiation of our first Ph.D. in International
Business, again underscoring our status as an international university,"
The Hispanic Report Card shows that TAMIU's faculty is 29.6% Hispanic,
well above the state average of 5 percent statewide. Fifty percent of
TAMIU administrators are Hispanic while 89% of students enrolled, according
to 2001-2002 data, are Hispanic. Of 551 graduates in the survey year,
83.3% were Hispanic. All TAMIU percentages are the highest in the Texas
A&M University System and many top those of the University of Texas
Apodaca maintains that although advances that have been made with efforts
such as "Closing the Gaps," for academic year 2001, Hispanics
only received 10,843 or 18.7% of bachelors degrees awarded by Texas four-year
institutions, 2,109 (11.6%) of master's and 101 (4.8%) of doctoral degrees
Statistical data used in preparing the Hispanic Report Card is available
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