Texas Tech Ranked # 1 Hispanic Online Universities In Texas


Texas Tech University was named # 1 among Hispanic Online Institutions (HSI) in Texas by Texas Online Colleges.

Rankings recognize colleges and universities in Texas that have strong online degree offerings and meet the definition of an HSI as set out by the US Department of Education. Texas Tech earned its HSI designation in 2019, the result of efforts across the university to meet the needs of a diverse and growing campus community.

Fall 2017 was the first time Texas Tech met the Department of Education’s registration criteria for recognition as an HSI, with Hispanic students making up 27.8% of the undergraduate student body this semester. By fall 2020, that number had grown to 29.7%. Of the 131 Carnegie Tier One research institutes, Texas Tech is one of 14 to meet the criteria for HSI designation.

“Texas Tech is honored to be recognized as the best online Hispanic service institution in Texas, according to the Texas Online Colleges,” said Carol A. Sumner, Director of Diversity and Vice President of the Diversity Division, Texas Tech equity and inclusion. “As one of the universities designated as both a Carnegie-ranked Very High Research Activity Institution and an HSI, Texas Tech continues to find ways to serve our community that increase access while providing unparalleled educational experience, as well as ways to go beyond one’s physical footprint to provide higher education opportunities for all Texans.

The ranking is based on seven key metrics for identifying academic excellence, using data from multiple sources, including the US Department of Education:

• Small student / faculty ratio: Texas Tech has a 21: 1 student / faculty ratio.

• High number of online programs offered: The university offers 80 fully online degree programs as well as 20 online certificate and certification preparation programs through eLearning and academic partnerships.

• High Percentage of Online Students: In a typical year, approximately 4,000 fully online / distance and regional students attend Texas Tech.

• High Graduation Rates: In the fall of 2020, the university achieved a six-year record high graduation rate of 63.3%.

• High retention rates: Texas Tech also achieved a record retention rate of 87.6%.

• Strong desirability, or relationship between the number of applicants to a school, those who have been admitted and among these, the number of those who have registered.

• Academic influence, based on the number of scholarly contributions made by the institution’s professors in their fields of study and the frequency with which they have been cited by other scholarly works.

This is Texas Tech’s second recognition of the site in recent months. In October, Texas Online Colleges ranked the university as the # 1 online college in the state based on the quality of academics offered, the number of online programs offered, and the number of students graduating from those online programs. . In the same list, Texas Tech was also ranked as the second best value online college in Texas, as well as one of the most affordable online colleges in the state.

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