Alamo Colleges’ Diversity Highlighted in Top 100 Rankings

January 18, 2019

Students in an outdoor classroom at NVC

In keeping with the Alamo Colleges mission of “empowering our diverse communities for success,” four of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District—San Antonio College (SAC), St. Philip’s College (SPC), Northwest Vista College (NVC) and Palo Alto College (PAC)—all Hispanic Serving Institutions—were ranked among the nation’s Top 100 Degree Producers for minority students. 

According to Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, San Antonio College earned the #9 ranking in the nation for degrees awarded to Hispanics, NVC ranked #10 and PAC ranked #37. SAC also ranked #15 and NVC ranked #16 in the country for degrees awarded to all minorities. In addition, SAC has achieved a ranking of #5 or better in multiple categories, including: biology, architecture, finance, public administration and social services.

NVC was ranked #1 in degrees for Hispanics in associate degrees in business administration management and operations; #3 in associate degrees for Hispanics in education and engineering and #4 in associate degrees for all minorities in education. PAC ranked #4 in associate degrees for Hispanics in education and #7 for all minorities in education. SAC also ranked #4 for Hispanic students in business and commerce, engineering and visual and performing arts and #5 for total minority in business and commerce. 

SPC was ranked 10 times in Hispanic (a 5, 9, 13, 13, 14 and 22 in a bevy of categories), Total Minority (10 and 20), Asian American (18) and African American(14) ethnic categories, the college was ranked in Mechanic And Repair Technologies/Technicians (a 5 and a 10, representing a 20 percent share of the top ten rankings in the category), Personal And Culinary Services (9 and 20), Construction Trades (13), Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields (also 13), Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies (14), Hospitality Administration/Management (14 and 18) and 22 in Health Professions And Related Programs.

The rankings are based on Diverse: Issues in Higher Education's analysis of U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions from the 2016-2017 academic year.

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