In the third in a series of reports linking college
completion with U.S. workforce needs, the nonprofit organization Excelencia in
Education has included UC Santa Barbara on its lists of the top 25 colleges and
universities in the country in the number of degrees awarded to Latinos in the areas of
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The report, published in
July, covers the 2009-10 academic year.
Based in Washington, D.C., Excelencia in Education is a national organization
that aims to accelerate higher education success for Latino students through promoting
education policies and institutional practices that support their academic development.
The rankings are categorized by area of study as well as by degree conferred, and
each list includes the top 25 colleges and universities. In the category of bachelor degrees
awarded in mathematics, UCSB placed 10th. In master’s degrees in mathematics, UCSB
was ranked number 9; and in doctoral degrees in mathematics, UCSB again came in at
In the category of bachelor degrees awarded in the physical sciences, UCSB was
ranked number 11; and in doctoral degrees in the physical sciences, UCSB placed 19th.
“As a public university, UCSB remains committed to increasing college-going
rates among underrepresented students, low-income students, and those who would be
the first in their families to attend college,” said Mario Castellanos, director of the
campus’s Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program. “In partnership
with K-12 schools, community colleges and regional nonprofit organizations across
Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, UCSB implements effective academic preparation
programs including STEM outreach programs that have been recognized as models for
supporting minority students’ college and career goals.”
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University and regional partners are working to strengthen educational pathways
for Latinos and other underrepresented students and to promote interest in STEM careers,
Castellanos noted. One example is an annual STEM EXPO co-hosted each fall by UCSB
and Oxnard College. The event is part of a five-year Hispanic Serving Institution STEM
Grant awarded this year to Oxnard College and UCSB. “As before, this year’s STEM
EXPO links educational institutions, mentors, and industry partners as allies in promoting
STEM opportunities — highlighting cutting edge research and local STEM leaders’
successes,” Castellanos said.