'Hispanic Outlook' Ranks Baylor Among Top 100 Schools

May 13, 2004

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University again is ranked among the nation's top 100 colleges and universities awarding degrees to Hispanics in the latest rankings published May 3 by "The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education."

The national academic journal ranked Baylor 97th among U.S. universities granting bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students. Based on data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics, Baylor awarded a total of 184 bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students during the 2001-02 academic year. Baylor was among four Big 12 universities and 22 Texas institutions earning recognition from "The Hispanic Outlook."

In the 2001-02 academic year, Baylor's total enrollment of 14,221 students included 1,051 Hispanic students.

"Once again we are happy to identify and honor the Top 100--those colleges and universities conferring the most degrees on Hispanic men and women," publisher José López-Isa wrote in the journal's May 3 edition. "But there can be no resting on laurels. The economy is uncertain. More families filed for bankruptcy last year than graduated from college. We rush to globalize, yet fewer come to study from abroad. We wonder what jobs will be here for us and for our children, on our soil, in the decades ahead.

"One thing is certain," López-Isa added. "We need vision and visionaries. We need enlightened perspectives, enlightened leaders. We need all the brilliance we can muster, and from all quarters, to get us through the challenges ahead. Higher education--affordable, accessible, and diversely populated--is critical to that mission."

Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. The more than 700-acre main campus adjoins the Brazos River near downtown Waco, a Central Texas city with a metro area of 250,000 people.

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