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May 11, 1998

UCSC named 51st in the nation for graduating Hispanic students

By Francine Tyler

UC Santa Cruz is nationally ranked for the number of bachelor's degrees it confers on Hispanic students, according to a report in the magazine Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

The ranking was based on the 268 bachelor's degrees UC Santa Cruz awarded to Hispanic students in the 1994-95 school year, placing the campus 51st in the nation in that category.

The report appeared in Hispanic Outlook's April 24 issue and was based on data supplied by the National Center for Education Statistics for the 1994-95 academic year, the last year for which data has been tabulated. Approximately 2,300 four-year, accredited colleges and universities were included in the assessment.

The list's top three universities are Florida International University, with 1,737 students graduated; the University of Texas at El Paso, with 1,063; and the University of Texas at Austin, with 943.

UCSC also received mention for the relatively high number of Hispanic students studying in area/ethnic studies, biological sciences, English language/literature, interdisciplinary studies, psychology, social sciences/history, and visual/performing arts.

Last year, Hispanic Outlook ranked UCSC 53rd in the nation, with 212 Hispanic students graduated in 1993-94.

Hispanic Outlook is a twice-monthly, 28,000-circulation magazine directed at students, faculty, and administrators in higher education and at related associations and organizations.

The National Center for Education Statistics is a component of the U.S. Department of Education.

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