A&M-SA ranks among top institutions in serving black students

A September 2018 report from the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center graded public institutions across the country. The report, Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities, A 50-State Report Card, evaluated every public university in the country on how well it is serving black students. Researchers used four equity indicators to determine each institution’s equity index score: representation equity, gender equity, completion equity and black student-to-black faculty ratio. The highest equity index scores obtained were 3.50. A&M-San Antonio, listed at #21, earned an equity index score of 3.0.

A&M-SA breaks into top 100 of Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019”

A&M-SA cracked the top 100 of “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019” when the Military Times unveiled its rankings in the fall. A&M-SA placed #77 on the list that includes 208 institutions. Now in their ninth year, the rankings are based on a review of publicly available data and the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Institutions were 
evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic outcomes/quality, student support, academic policies, and cost and financial aid.

A&M-SA lands first NSF grant for HSI STEM project

In August, A&M-SA was awarded its first National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for support of the project, “HSIs New to NSF: Retain and Increase Hispanic Students in Computing.” The $249,948 grant is for the three-year project period from Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2021. The grant was awarded through the NSF’s inaugural Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE): HispanicServing Institutions (HSI) program, which aims to enhance undergraduate STEM education and build capacity at HSIs.

The overarching goal of the project is to increase the retention and transfer of Hispanic students in computing from two-year to four-year institutions. The A&M-SA project will be led by Principal Investigator Dr. Jeong Yang, assistant professor of computer science. Dr. Akhtar Lodgher, professor and chair of the Department of Computing and Cyber Security, and Dr. Young Rae Kim, assistant professor of mathematics education, will serve as co-principal investigators for the project. Dr. Michelle Janysek, field residency and clinical teaching specialist, will be an independent evaluator to ensure the success of the project in meeting its goals.

A&M-SA ranked #4 nationally for percentage of Hispanic BA recipients

In its August/September 2018 issue, Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine ranked A&M-SA #4 in the nation for its percentage of Hispanic BA recipients. Sixty-nine percent of A&M-SA’s 2017 BA degrees were earned by Hispanic students, placing it behind Texas A&M International University, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the University Of Texas at El Paso.

Bachelors Degree Center Named A&M-SA Fire and Emergency Service Program #1 Online

On June 17, the Bachelors Degree Center (BDC) released its 2019 national rankings naming A&M-SA's Fire and Emergency Service program number 1 for online fire science bachelor's program. The program specifically was included in the category for the "25 Best Online Fire Science Bachelor's Degree Programs for 2019."

The BDC cited, "Texas A&M University in San Antonio stands apart by offering an online program with a focus on leadership, management and administration skills that enhance a student's emergency service abilities," in its assessment.