UTEP MBA Program Honored Among Best in Nation at Increasing Degree Completion Among Latinos

September 27, 2011

EdExcelenciaU.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter and Jon Whitmore, CEO of ACT, 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 among America’s top programs that increase degree completion among Latinos at the associate, bachelor, and graduate level.  The UTEP MBA Program was selected from among 195 competitors as one of 16 national finalists for the 2011 Examples of Excelencia recognition.

All of the programs recognized during the Celebraciòn de Excelencia 2011 event are listed in the latest edition of “What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education,” which Excelencia in Education released today and is available for download at www.EdExcelencia.org.

“For America to achieve President Obama’s goal of becoming the world leader in college degrees by 2020, it is vital that we increase degree completion among Latinos,” said Kanter.  “The successful and innovative programs recognized today are examples of institutions working to do their part, and I commend Excelencia in Education for helping institutional leaders, educators, and policy makers to understand these best practices.”

The UTEP MBA program offers the MBA degree in three different formats that serve full-time students, working professionals, and executives in a range of accessible and affordable schedules.  MBA students attend classes and work with multi-national corporate partners in the state-of-the-art Graduate Business Center in Downtown El Paso   Full-time students engage in in language workshops in Mandarin and Spanish.  MBA students also have the opportunity to conduct coursework abroad in 7-12 day courses offered several times a year.  There are over 400 students from more than 20 countries pursuing that MBA at UTEP.

“We at the College of Business Administration are honored to be recognized nationally for the accomplishments of our MBA students, faculty and staff,” said Robert Nachtmann, D.B.A., dean of CoBA. “It is a testament to our College’s and University’s efforts to provide an excellent graduate business education to traditional and non-traditional students alike.”

“As one of this year’s national finalists, the UTEP MBA Program is at the forefront of meeting the challenge of improving higher educational achievement for Latino students, and we congratulate them for their current and continued efforts,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. 

For the 2011 Examples of Excelencia competition, 195 programs were nominated at three academic levels: associate, baccalaureate, and graduate.  These programs demonstrate broad geographical representation in the effort to contribute to Latino student success and represent 22 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

 “Congratulations to all of the institutions and programs recognized for their demonstrated success with Latino students,” said Brown.  “Nationally, Latinos will have to almost triple the number of degrees earned currently for America to reach that 2020 goal, which makes programs like these so important to our future.”

Examples of Excelencia is a national initiative to systematically identify and honor institution-based programs and departments that demonstrate with evidence that they effectively boost Latino enrollment, performance and graduation.  It is supported by USA Funds, ACT, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, EduK, Univision Communications, Educational Testing Service, College Board, and the California State University System,

To download “What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education,” which includes detailed information about all of the programs recognized today, visit www.EdExcelencia.org.

Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.


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