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The Island University Ranks as One of the Best in the Nation for Hispanics

March 23, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been named as one of the Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students by BestColleges.com.

According to the list, the Island University ranked 37th in the nation among four year colleges and universities and 10th in the state. The list was created by examining each school's academics, student engagement, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) membership status, in-and out-of-state tuitions, percent of Hispanic enrollees and cultural impact. Each ranked school on the list boasts a cultural center and degree programs or scholarships dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Hispanic students.

“As a Hispanic-serving, doctoral-granting institution, we’re focused on retaining, graduating and serving students who represent the changing demographics of the state of Texas,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, University President and CEO. “This recognition again reflects our unwavering commitment to the success of our Hispanic students and providing them with the educational tools they need to make a positive change in our community.”

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was highlighted for its collaboration with Excelencia in Education. The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) was a participant in the “Growing Knowledge About What Works for Latino Student Success” initiative between Excelencia in Education and the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and CFE has been invited to speak at Excelencia in Education’s Celebración de Excelencia in Washington, D.C. Excelencia in Education President Sarita Brown was also invited to speak at the University’s 2013 Islander Forum, which has provided opportunities for open discussion, feedback and ideas for improving teaching and learning on campus.

The University has received multiple awards in this area, including being ranked among the top 20 colleges in Texas for Hispanics by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. A&M-Corpus Christi is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education and has also been named by the White House as a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, funded by the National Science Foundation. TAMU-CC also features an English as a Second Language International program, a course designed for non-native English speakers to prepare for entrance into the university.

To see the full list of rankings, go to http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-50-colleges-for-hispanic-students/.