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Texas Tech ranked first among online Hispanic-serving colleges, universities in Texas - KLBK | KAMC |

Texas Tech ranked first among online Hispanic-serving colleges, universities in Texas - KLBK | KAMC |

Texas Tech ranked first among online Hispanic-serving colleges, universities in Texas - KLBK | KAMC |

Posted: 20 Feb 2021 04:15 PM PST

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LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) — The following is a news release from Texas Tech University:

Texas Tech University has been named No. 1 among online, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) in Texas by Texas Online Colleges. The rankings recognize colleges and universities in Texas that provide robust online degree offerings and meet the definition of an HSI as stated by the U.S. Department of Education. Texas Tech achieved its HSI designation in 2019, the result of efforts across the entire university to serve the needs of a diverse and growing campus community. badge
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Fall 2017 was the first time Texas Tech met the Department of Education enrollment criteria to be recognized as an HSI, with Hispanic students comprising 27.8% of the undergraduate student body that semester. By fall 2020, that number had risen to 29.7%. Of the 131 Carnegie Tier One research institutions, Texas Tech is one of just 14 to meet the HSI criteria for designation.

"Texas Tech is honored to be recognized as the Top Online Hispanic-Serving Institution in Texas as ranked by Texas Online Colleges," said Carol A. Sumner, chief diversity officer and vice president of Texas Tech's Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. "As one of the universities designated as both a Carnegie-rated Very High Research Activity institution and an HSI, Texas Tech continues to find ways to serve our community that increase access while providing an educational experience that is second to none, as well as ways to reach beyond its physical footprint to provide opportunities in higher education for all Texans."

The ranking is based on seven key metrics for identifying academic excellence, using data from several sources, including the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Small student-to-faculty ratio: Texas Tech has a 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
  • High number of online programs offered: The university offers 80 fully online degree programs as well as 20 online certificate and certification prep programs through eLearning & Academic Partnerships.
  • High percentage of online students: During a typical year, there are about 4,000 fully online/remote and regional students attending Texas Tech.
  • High graduation rates: In fall 2020, the university reached a record six-year graduation rate of 63.3%.
  • High retention rates: Texas Tech also reached a record first-year retention rate of 87.6%.
  • High desirability, or the relationship between the number of applicants to a school, those who were admitted and of those, the number who enrolled.
  • Academic influence, based off the number of scholarly contributions made by the institution's faculty in their fields of study and how often they were cited by other scholarly works.

This is Texas Tech's second recognition from the site in recent months. In October, Texas Online Colleges ranked the university as the No. 1 online college in the state based on the quality of academics offered, the number of online programs offered and the number of students who graduate from those online programs. In the same list, Texas Tech also was ranked as the No. 2 best value online college in Texas as well as among the most affordable online colleges in the state.

(News release from Texas Tech University)

New graduate certificate program opens up avenues into growing, popular field of data science - URI Today

Posted: 12 Feb 2021 05:54 AM PST

KINGSTON, R.I. – Feb. 12, 2021 – With the rise of big data and its growing use as a tool in decision-making across many industries, the need for data scientists with the skills to analyze and extract meaning from digital information is booming.

In the past five years, Glassdoor has ranked data scientist as one of the top 10 jobs in the U.S., based on median base salary, the number of active job openings, and employee satisfaction rates, and LinkedIn listed the field third in the top 15 emerging jobs in the U.S. in 2020. Indeed recently listed about 134,000 open jobs for data science or data scientist, and placed the average salary in the field at $123,000.

"Data scientists work with big data and also develop tools for finding hidden patterns in data, such as handwriting recognition. Data science is used in so many businesses and industries and is now considered a third pillar of data-enabled science on top of theory and experimentation," said Nancy Eaton, a University of Rhode Island professor of mathematics. "There's so much data that you need new techniques, from the disciplines of computer science, mathematics, and statistics, to learn what you can from it. What can I do with all this data that I couldn't do before? The possibilities are endless. The data scientist is often the storyteller presenting data insights to decision makers in a way that is understandable and applicable to their interests."

To prepare students to be those storytellers, the University of Rhode Island is launching a new online graduate certificate program in data science that will open this growing field to many who are looking to start or advance careers in data-driven industries and sciences. Offered through URI Online, the program is now taking applications with classes beginning May 4.

"With the growth in this field, the need for this program has never been clearer. This is one of the first online graduate certificate programs in data science offered by an accredited university," said Eaton, director of the program. "This is a great vehicle for career advancement because it requires less time and resources than a master's degree."

The 15-credit program provides students with a full grasp of the process of data science, from collecting, storing, accessing, and cleaning data, to analyzing data to solve data-driven problems and presenting that information to decision makers using easily understandable graphics. The certificate program builds on URI's expertise in the area, including a bachelor's program in data science and faculty who are part of URI's Big Data Collaborative who have helped create the program's courses.

The certificate program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees coming from any field, allowing a pathway into this growing career no matter what their undergraduate degree is in. Students considering the program should have had at least a college course in each of math (calculus or linear algebra), statistics, and programming.

Over its five courses, the program introduces students to basic methods and tools for data acquisition, cleaning and aggregation; a wide range of mathematic tools needed to solve practical problems in data science; multivariate statistical learning; and machine learning methods. Capping the program is a data-driven research project during which students use the theoretical knowledge that they've acquired in the program to complete a research project of their choosing in a realistic setting.

"This unique capstone course takes advantage of our many researchers who are doing data-driven science across many disciplines," Eaton said. "It will expose students to real-world data being used in groundbreaking research at URI."

Throughout the program, one key area students will learn about is data visualization, the use of graphics to present data-driven findings.

"Visualization and storytelling are key to data scientists. They need to present aspects of the data to various audiences so they can grasp the value of the information quickly," said Eaton. "They might be presenting graphics to one group at their company one week and putting together an infographic for shareholders the next. So, students will learn how to display the data in different formats."

The online certificate program is delivered in asynchronous, seven-week sessions each semester, providing a flexible format for domestic and international students and working professionals. With all courses offered each semester, students have the ability to start the program at any time and finish it in under a year.

To learn more about the graduate certificate in data science, contact Nancy Eaton at

URI Online provides students and professionals access to a URI education anywhere and anytime across the globe, offering fully-online undergraduate degree completion, graduate and certificate programs in such areas as communications, health care management, cybersecurity, supply chain management, GIS and geospatial technologies, digital forensics, and cannabis studies.


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