June 16, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 24

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UTHSC ranks high in Hispanic graduates, national magazine reports 

The Health Science Center this month gained national recognition as one of the  country's top centers in terms of granting nursing, dental, allied health and  medical degrees to Hispanics. 

UTHSC received high marks in the June 2 issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher  Education, a national magazine exploring issues related to Hispanics.  According to listings in the magazine, the Health Science Center is among the  nation's top-ranked institutions in the number of medical, dental and nursing  degrees conferred on Hispanic students, as well as the number of degrees in  medical laboratory technology and rehabilitation services. 

UTHSC also was featured in the magazine's "Honor Roll" section with a three-page  profile outlining the institution's designation as a U.S. Department of  Education Hispanic-Serving Institution. The article included comments from Dr. John P. Howe, III, president of UTHSC, who discussed the university's dedication  to serving the population of South Texas. 

"Our commitment to quality education and training for the people of our region  has never wavered," said Dr. Howe. "Thanks to significant appropriations from  the Texas Legislature in the 1990s, we have been able to create exciting new  opportunities for health professional education in the Lower Rio Grande Valley,  Laredo, Del Rio and throughout South Texas." 

UTHSC's admissions procedures also drew recognition due to a continued rise in  Hispanic enrollment in the face of the Hopwood vs. Texas court decision in 1997.  New guidelines for admissions emphasize academic and personal qualifications,  and allow a wider range of applicants to be interviewed in person. 

Hispanic Outlook recognized Dr. Howe for his role in shaping the Health Science  Center into one of the nation's leaders in training Hispanic physicians.