Several departments from Texas Tech University were ranked among the top 100 minority degree producers by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
In all, eight Texas Tech departments ranked in the top 50 among similar departments from throughout the country in terms of undergraduate degrees awarded to minorities. Also, three departments ranked in the top 50 for graduate degrees awarded to minorities.
“Texas Tech University is proud of the achievements of its students and the growing number of minorities that continue to distinguish themselves through their attainment of degrees in STEM fields and other related disciplines,” said Juan Muñoz, senior vice president for Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement and the vice provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs.
“Texas Tech currently enjoys the highest percentage of minority students in its history and is poised to quickly become a formal Hispanic Serving Institution. At Texas Tech University excellence, equity, and access are being realized every day. These achievements are further indicative of the school's motto, ‘from here it's possible.'”
The Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering had the most undergraduate degrees awarded to minorities with 147 during the 2012-13 academic school year. That number was up from 120 in 2011-12, representing a 23 percent increase.
“I am very pleased and happy to see the hard work of our faculty and staff being recognized,” said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering. “This increase in our ranking is the result of our combined efforts to produce the best engineers and technology leaders possible from all ethnic groups to solve the world's technological problems.”
The largest percentage increase belonged to the Department of History, which increased by 68 percent the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minorities, from 19 to 32, to be ranked No. 37 in the country. Interdisciplinary studies, ranked 32nd, has the second-highest number of minority graduates with 116 followed by the College of Human Sciences with 97, which ranked 11th in the country.
The College of Architecture had the highest ranking with 64 undergraduate degrees awarded to minorities, ranking sixth in the country.
Interdisciplinary studies also had the highest number of graduate degrees rewarded to minorities with 12, ranking No. 32.
The rankings by Diverse Issues in Higher Education are based on data from the U.S. Department of Education reports each institution submits each year.
To view the rankings, go to the Diverse Issues in Education website.