ASU cited for top institutions among Latinos
ASU was ranked number 24 among the top 25 colleges and universities enrolling Latinos during the 2006-07 academic year. The university also came in at number 24 for the top 25 institutions awarding bachelor’s degrees to Latinos.
In engineering, ASU was ranked 17th for the top 25 institutions awarding engineering bachelor’s degrees to Latinos.
“ASU is pleased that efforts to serve the state of
ASU is among universities with the highest numbers of National Hispanic Scholars in the country. In 2008, there were 324 National Hispanic Scholars enrolled at ASU, says Anita Verdugo Tarango, University Student Initiatives director.
“As the Hispanic population continues to grow in the nation and the state, ASU is working to serve the diversified population,” Verdugo Tarango says.
ASU is also home to a chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers that was recognized by the society’s national leadership with both the Regional Outstanding Chapter Award and the National Chapter of the Year Award for 2008. The organization at ASU fosters a sense of community among Hispanic engineering students, seeks to increase the number of Hispanic university graduates and promote role models.
Michael Garcia is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and a senior at ASU majoring in aerospace engineering. He decided to attend ASU over other schools after receiving a scholarship and participating in math and science honors programs at the university while he was in high school. Garcia recounts being recognized by one of his professors among his most valuable experiences at ASU.
Garcia also mentors freshmen engineering students to help them stay focused on their studies.
“I’m able to relate with the students on a personal level and for those that are Latino, I can relate to them on that level as well,” Garcia says.
The number of Hispanics in
Excelencia in Education aims to accelerate higher education success for Latino students by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latino students, and by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement, according to the Fact Book.