UTEP MBA Program Named Best for Latino Students by Excelencia in Education

October 3, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. – Elected officials and higher education leaders from across the country joined Excelencia in Education at the U.S. Capitol today to honor The University of Texas at El Paso’s Master of Business Administration program as America’s top program for increasing academic opportunities and improving achievement for Latino students at the graduate level. The accompanying release of “What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education” is part of a portfolio of hundreds of evidence-based practices that institutions and policymakers can draw on to improve Latino student success. 

Latinos will have to earn 5.5 million college degrees by 2020 for America to achieve President Barack Obama’s goal of American world leadership in college degrees by 2020.  

Over the past seven years, Excelencia in Education has systematically identified and evaluated more than 500 programs and departments that demonstrate with evidence that they effectively boost Latino enrollment, performance and graduation. Top honors this year went to programs run by Valencia College in Orlando, California State University Bakersfield, and The University of Texas at El Paso. 

“America cannot become the world leader in college degrees, nor will it have a globally competitive workforce in the future, if it does not focus on improving Latino college completion,” said Rep. Charles Gonzalez, Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who spoke at today’s event. 

“UTEP’s Master of Business Administration program is at the forefront of meeting the challenge of improving higher educational achievement for Latino students,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “With 2020 quickly approaching, we have accumulated a significant portfolio of evidence-based practices that institutions and policymakers can and must put into action.” 

"On behalf of the faculty, staff, alumni, and our current and future students, we accept and are honored by your recognition for work completed; and promise to hold the Excelencia in Education graduate program of the year award as a challenge for all of us to work even harder to ensure that our Latino students are served with access to the most advanced and competitive business education that we can provide. Only through excellence in educational preparation and experience can access serve well," said Robert Nachtmann, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business Administration

The UTEP MBA Program is one of the largest AACSB-accredited producers of Hispanic MBAs in the country, educating more than 360 students annually, 59 percent of whom are Hispanic. The UTEP MBA Program meets the needs of full-time students and working professionals through its full-time, accelerated and executive MBA formats. Concerted efforts by program faculty and staff over the past seven years have resulted in tangible indicators of success. Student credit hours earned has grown by 82 percent. Hispanic graduates went from 27 in 2005 to 78 in 2011. Program graduates have enjoyed growing career opportunities with Fortune 500 companies as well as regional entities. These successes have been recognized by Hispanic Business magazine, ranking the UTEP MBA program No. 1 in 2010, 2011 and 2012.   

“The UTEP MBA program is guided by the fundamental principle that talent is everywhere and that all talent should have an equitable opportunity to be realized,” said Laura M. Uribarri, assistant dean for MBA programs. “That principle is reflected in the efforts and outcomes of our students, alumni, faculty and staff. It is an absolute honor to have our efforts and outcomes recognized by Excelencia in Education.” 


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