According to the 2009-10 Institutional Characteristics and Completions Survey as produced by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the U.S. Department of Education, DeVry University is among the top post-secondary institutions awarding associate and bachelor’s degrees to Latinos.
· DeVry University in Illinois was the second largest producer of Hispanic associate degree graduates in computer/information sciences.
· DeVry University Illinois and DeVry University California ranked fifth and eighth respectively for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Latinos in the computer/information sciences category.
DeVry University’s recognition comes from its inclusion in the Excelencia in Education initiative "Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion," which aims to promote the role of Latinos in making the U.S. the world leader in college degree completion. Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based education research organization that provides data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latinos.
Above: Texas state Senator Mario Gallegos recognized DeVry University students Luis Soriano, William Campoverde and Jimmy Espinoza in 2011 with a proclamation for their work on an “Eco-friendly Survival Backpack” created for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. (Pictured from left: Teddy Ivanitzki, DeVry University Dean; Sen. Gallegos; Kevin Good, Parks & Wildlife representative; Campoverde, Soriano and Espinoza.)
The below video from Univision 45 in Houston highlights the features of the "Eco-friendly Survival Backpack" created by DeVry University students Luis Soriano, William Campoverde and Jimmy Espinoza.
The need to address continued growth of the Latino college population will be a major factor our nation’s ability to remain competitive in the global economy. In August, the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, called attention to new Census data that shows Latinos comprise the largest minority on college campuses, with 2 million Hispanics ages 18 to 24 enrolled in college last year.
“At DeVry University, we hold our continued recognition as an attractive option for minority and non-traditional students in high regard,” said Dr. Donna Loraine, provost/vice president of academic affairs for DeVry University. “We’re proud to offer degree programs that fit the unique lifestyles of Hispanic students and help them prepare for future career success.”
Research shows that Hispanic students are typically older – some with families – and many work full- or part-time. Acknowledging that these can be barriers to education for many non-traditional students, DeVry University offers flexible scheduling, online course offerings and accelerated programs.
DeVry University curriculum that guides its degree programs is tied directly to the skills and attributes hiring managers are looking for in candidates for employment in in-demand career fields. Students receive education from experienced faculty, many of whom are veterans of the industries their courses align with. Furthermore, current students and graduates have lifelong access to DeVry University’s Career Services program, which connects graduates with employers.
About DeVry University
Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with more than 76,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada. The university’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 95 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University’s outstanding faculty members, work in the fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers.
DeVry University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, an official education provider of the United States Olympic Committee and a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV) is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv, Facebook /DEVRYUNIVERSITY or visit newsroom.devry.edu.