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The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business has been ranked the No. 1 graduate business school in the nation for Hispanics by Hispanic Business in its September 2009 edition.
“We are honored to be recognized by Hispanic Business,” said Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business and Peter Flawn Professor of Economics. “This ranking speaks to the quality of our academic programming and the services that we provide our MBA students and for our community. It elevates the college into the upper echelon of business schools in the nation.”

This is the second year that UTSA has been included in the listing and the 12th year that Hispanic Business has conducted its study. The rankings (in order) included UTSA, UT El Paso, University of Miami, UT Austin, Stanford, University of New Mexico, Dartmouth, Florida International University, University of California at Berkeley and the University of North Carolina.

Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business offers a comprehensive business curriculum at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The college’s MBA program was ranked No. 3 in the Southwest and No. 26 nationwide by BusinessWeek. Additional MBA accolades include being named one of the top 10 MBA programs for minority students by the Princeton Review for the past four years and receiving the Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

Graduate offerings include the MBA program, an Executive MBA program, an International MBA, a Noon MBA, an Online MBA and specialized master’s programs. More than 20 different MBA concentrations capitalize on the college’s comparative advantages in the areas of globalization/cultural pluralism, security, capital markets, transformational leadership/entrepreneurship and health/technology.

Hispanic Business ranked the top 10 business schools nationally based on a number of criteria that illustrated commitment to diversity, including enrollment of Hispanics, percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty members, student support services, graduation rates and graduate program reputation. Their ranking also included the top universities in medicine, law and engineering.

Poder Enterprise Ranks the College’s MBA Program
The UTSA College of Business MBA program was ranked one of the top 15 programs in the nation by Poder Enterprise.

The ranking was based on academic quality, selectivity, minority student enrollment, international curricula and the availability of professional business organizations. Consideration was also given to schools with highly rated Executive MBA programs and global business opportunities.

UTSA was noted for having excellent academic programs and student services for first-generation and minority students, a large Hispanic faculty population and prestigious international affiliations.

Other schools included in the ranking were, in order, Stanford, UT Austin, Yale, University of California at Berkeley, New York University, UCLA, University of North Carolina, Duke, Columbia, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Dartmouth, UTSA, University of Michigan, University of Rochester, University of Chicago, Southern Methodist University, USC, Emory, Harvard, University of Virginia, University of Florida, Cornell and the University of Miami.

Poder Enterprise is a publication for Hispanic leaders and decision makers. It offers analysis of business, economic and social trends.

Princeton ReviewPrinceton Review Ranks UTSA MBA Program for the Fourth Straight Year
For the fourth straight year, the UTSA College of Business MBA program was ranked one of the top 10 programs in the nation for minority students, according to the 2008 edition of the Princeton Review.

Other schools included in the ranking were Howard University, New Mexico State University, San Francisco State University and Texas A&M University.

The college’s ranking for Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students was based on percentage of minority students, percentage of minority faculty and resources for minority students. The Princeton Review surveyed more than 11,000 students at 296 business schools and used school statistical data to create their rankings.

Department of DefenseNSA Names UTSA a Center of Research Excellence in Information Assurance
The University of Texas at San Antonio has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

UTSA is one of only 40 institutions nationwide recognized with this honor and only the third university in Texas to be accredited. The UTSA proposal was led by Dr. Glenn Dietrich, chair of the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management. The designation is valid for five years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain the designation.

“This designation takes into account faculty, programs, research and funding from the College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security,” said Dietrich.

The goal of the NSA research program is to reduce vulnerability in the U.S. information infrastructure by promoting education and research among institutions of higher education. Considerations for the CAE-R designation include academic programs in information assurance, faculty research in information assurance, the number of graduate students in information assurance and the level of funding for security programs.

The College of Business offers an undergraduate degree program in infrastructure assurance and security, a master’s degree in information technology with a concentration in infrastructure assurance and security, and a doctoral program with a concentration in information technology.

Business faculty members conduct research in the areas of biometrics, data mining, data visualization and intrusion detection. They are joined in the classroom by practitioners from leading information assurance companies as well as from military organizations such as the Air Force Information Operations Center.

The new Advanced Laboratories for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (ALIAS) is the home of information assurance research in the College of Business. The 2,200-square-foot lab houses classrooms and research laboratories designed to support research in biometrics, digital forensics, advanced telecommunications, data mining and intrusion detection.
Since 2002, UTSA has also been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Accounting Doctoral Program Receives National Honor
The UTSA College of Business was selected as a participating university in the Accounting Doctoral Scholars (ADS) program administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation. The Accounting Doctoral Scholars program was founded in 2008 by accounting firms to address the critical shortage of accounting doctoral faculty teaching auditing and tax.

One of only 41 programs chosen for this honor, the College of Business was selected for its demonstrated record of interaction with the accounting profession, its strong placement potential and its academic programming.

UTSA accounting doctoral students will now be eligible to apply for the ADS fellowship program which provides four-year $30,000 stipends for 30 candidates each year.

UTSA’s Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in accounting is focused on the use of social science research methods to address empirical research problems in accounting. The Department of Accounting is separately accredited by AACSB International through the doctoral level in accounting.

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College’s Briefcase Brigade Wins First Place in Battle of Flowers Parade
For the second straight year, the UTSA College of Business Briefcase Brigade won first place in the amusements category during the Battle of Flowers parade. The parade through downtown San Antonio is part of the annual Fiesta San Antonio celebration.

The brigade, which is composed of business faculty, staff and students, performed a briefcase dance routine to the ZZ Top song “La Grange.” In support of the UTSA Roadrunners, the college’s entry also featured a large Roadrunner mascot. The group was led by Jemina Brown, assistant director of student services in the College of Business.

“We are excited that we could represent UTSA in this historic San Antonio parade,” said Dean Lynda de la Viña. “It was an honor to win for the second year in a row, and it was even more important that we could do our part to spread the mission of the College of Business and UTSA.”

Student participants were Cristy Borman, Cisco Cantu, Rachel Danley, Alfredo Garcia, Juan Gomez, Miguel Hinojosa, Emily Jones, Juan Antonio Ligero, Xueye Ma, Aday Magec, Erica McDonald, Jose Munoz, Nicole Munoz and Ivan Trujillo.

Faculty participants were Dean Lynda de la Viña, Dr. Julie Dahlquist, Dr. Keith Fairchild, Dr. Dan Hollas, Dr. Dennis Lopez, Dr. Lisa Montoya, Dr. John Wald and Dr. Karen Williams.

Staff participants were Maureen Bird, Jemina Brown, Claudia Dawdy, Hope DeLeon, Wendy Frost, Barbara Jackson, Deryl Martin, Elaine Miller, Melissa Ozuna, Araceli Pacheco, Kathy Pope, Judy Quiroz, Issis Vela-Fox and Sandy Wenzel.

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