October 31, 2011
The English Ph.D. program was named a finalist for the Examples of Excelencia Award. A profile of the Ph.D. program will be included in the 2011 edition of What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education.
From the press release:
UTSA Ph.D. in English program honored among best in nation at increasing degree completion among Latinos
Washington, DC – U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter and Jon Whitmore, CEO of ACT, joined Excelencia in Education at the U.S. Capitol today to honor UTSA’s Ph.D. in English program as among America’s top programs that increase degree completion among Latinos at the associate, bachelor, and graduate level. The Ph.D. in English program was selected from among 195 competitors as one of 16 national finalists for the 2011 Examples of Excelencia recognition. Finalists will be included in the annual publication “What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education,” which includes detailed information about all of the programs recognized today (http://www.EdExcelencia.org).
Top honors went to programs run by El Paso Community College, Texas Tech University, and Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Campus. All of the programs recognized during the Celebraciòn de Excelencia 2011 event are listed in the latest edition of “What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education,” which Excelencia in Education released today and is available for download at http://www.EdExcelencia.org.
“For America to achieve President Obama’s goal of becoming the world leader in college degrees by 2020, it is vital that we increase degree completion among Latinos,” said Kanter. “The successful and innovative programs recognized today are examples of institutions working to do their part, and I commend Excelencia in Education for helping institutional leaders, educators, and policy makers to understand these best practices.”
The Ph.D. in English, with its focus on the cross-cultural, transnational study of literature, particularly Latina/o studies and Rhetoric and Composition, is now 10 years old. It was the fourth Ph.D. program approved by the State for UTSA. It is presently headed by Dr. Jeanne C. Reesman, who was Graduate Dean when the program was approved in 2001.
“As one of this year’s national finalists, the Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio is at the forefront of meeting the challenge of improving higher educational achievement for Latino students, and we congratulate them for their current and continued efforts,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education.
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