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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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Building Houston

 
 

VR training startup, HTX Labs, has raised funding from an outside investor for the first time. Courtesy of HTX Labs

HTX Labs, a Houston-based company that designs extended reality training for military and business purposes, announced last week that it has raised its first outside capital.

The company has received a $3.2 million investment from Cypress Growth Capital. Founded in 2017, HTX Labs — developer of the EMPACT Immersive Learning Platform — has been granted funding from the Department of Defense as well as grown its client base of commercial Enterprises. The platform uses virtual and extended reality that "enables organizations to rapidly create, deploy, measure, and sustain cost-effective, secure, and centralized immersive training programs, all within engaging, fully interactive virtual environments," per a news release.

“We have been looking to secure outside capital to accelerate the growth of our EMPACT platform and customer base but we hadn’t found the right partner who provided an investment vehicle that matched our needs,“ says HTX Labs CEO Scott Schneider in the release. “We found everything we were looking for in Cypress Growth Capital. They have a non-dilutive funding model that aligns with our capital expectations and have the level of experience that really makes this smart money.

"Cypress has a decade-long track record of success in helping emerging software and services companies achieve scale," he continues. "It is clear that the team’s collective entrepreneurial and operating experience will be of tremendous benefit to us as we focus on expanding our customer base in a very intentional way.”

The fresh funding will go toward growing and scaling the company's operations — both within the current Department of Defense and expansion opportunities into key commercial markets, like heavy industry, manufacturing, and higher education. Additionally, the funding will support increased customer adoption.

“Scott and his team have built an exceptional business that is poised for dramatic growth,” says Cypress Partner Pat McCaffrey in the release. “HTX Labs’ modern, immersive training solution provides clients with a force multiplier for modernizing training and an unmatched ROI.”

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