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Houston university named among best schools in U.S. for Hispanic students

Hispanic students thrive at UH, according to this new report. Photo courtesy of University of Houston

Hardly surprising in the most diverse city in the nation, a local college is among the tops in serving the educational needs for Hispanic students.

The University of Houston has been ranked among the top 100 Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the nation by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine, the school announced.

This is the second consecutive year that UH landed on the list, a press release notes.

Data for the national magazine's annual list is collected from the Department of Education. The 2019-2020 rankings will be published in the October edition of Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine.

Notably, UH became the first public research university in Texas to receive the designation a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in 2011, and has continued on with that distinction since then, a release adds.

Last fall, the UH served more than 15,600 Hispanic students. Meanwhile, in the latest ranking by Hispanic Outlook on Education, UH was named in the top 100 in multiple categories based on data from 2019-2020, including:

  • No.14 for the number of bachelor's degrees granted to Hispanic students
  • No. 25 for total enrollment of Hispanic students
  • No. 48 for total master's degrees awarded to Hispanic students

UH's Hispanic student population earned more degrees than any other student population served, with more than 3,000 degrees earned in the fall of 2020, the schools reports. Four majors rank in the top 10 in the nation for the number of degrees these programs award to Hispanic students, including:

  • No. 4 human/consumer sciences
  • No. 5 business
  • No. 8 architecture
  • No. 8 computer and information sciences

According to population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, most of Harris County's growth has come from the Hispanic population, and Texas' Hispanic population has grown by more than 2 million since 2010.

"Not only are we serving a high number of Hispanic students but they are leaving UH with a Tier One degree in hand and limitless opportunity ahead of them," said Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, in a statement. "The success of all of our students— including Hispanic students who make up a third of our student body— is paramount to the success of the University of Houston and the Gulf Coast regional economy."

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This article originally ran on CultureMap.

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Here's what Houston-based online programs are ranked as best in the country. Photo by Luis Alvarez/Getty Images

Rice University's online MBA program has something to brag about. According to a new report, the program has risen through the ranks of other online MBA curriculums.

MBA@Rice, the online program at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice, has ranked higher in four categories in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs. The report evaluated schools based on data specifically related to their distance education MBA programs, and U.S. News has a separate ranking for non-MBA graduate business degrees in areas such as finance, marketing and management. The MBA list focused on engagement, peer assessment, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and services and technologies.

“We use the same professors to deliver the same rigorous, high-touch MBA in our online MBA as we do in all our campus-based programs,” said Rice Business Dean Peter Rodriguez. “The strong national rankings recognize our success in reaching highly talented working professionals who don’t live near enough to our campus or for whom an online program is the best option.”

Rice's virtual MBA program ranked No. 12 (tied) in the 2023 list, which was up several spots from its 2022 ranking, which was No. 20. Additionally, Rice stood out in these other three categories:

  • Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans: tied for No. 10 (No. 14 last year).
  • Best Online Business Analytics MBA Programs: tied for No. 10 (tied for No. 12 last year).
  • Best Online General Management MBA Programs: tied for No. 7 (tied for No. 11 last year).

Rice recently announced a hybrid MBA program that combines online instruction with in-person engagement. The first cohort is slated to start this summer.

The MBA@Rice program is the top-ranked Texas-based program on the virtual MBA list. Several other programs from the Lone Star State make the list of 366 schools, including:

  • University of Texas at Dallas at No. 17
  • Texas Tech University at No. 33
  • Baylor University, University of North Texas, and West Texas A&M University tied for No, 65

U.S News & World Report ranked other online programs. Here's how Houston schools placed on the other lists:

  • The University of Houston tied for No. 10 in Best Online Master's in Education Programs and tied for No. 75 in Best Online Master's in Business Programs
  • Rice University, in addition to its MBA ranking, tied for No. 27 on the Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs ranking after being tied for No. 49 last year
  • University of Houston-Downtown ranked No. 26 in Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs and tied for No. 55 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs

The full list of best online higher education programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report is available online.

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