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September 20, 2001

UNM'S SCHOOL OF LAW AND THE ANDERSON SCHOOLS EARN TOP-10 RANKINGS IN HISPANIC BUSINESS MAGAZINE

The School of Law and Robert O. Anderson Graduate Schools of Management at UNM have been named to the top-10 in the country in their respective areas for Hispanic students by the Hispanic Business magazine.

The School of Law was ranked fourth best, while the Graduate Schools at ASM moved up two spots from last year's rankings and is the eighth best business school in the country. It was the second consecutive year The Anderson Schools was ranked in the top-10 by Hispanic Business.

The criterion for the recognition was based on enrollment, faculty, student services, retention rate and reputation. The measures were then summed and a rating was assigned to each school on the basis of the total score.

Hispanic students are an integral part of the UNM School of Law, encompassing nearly a quarter of the student population. Hispanic students at the School of Law represent 23.5 percent (81 students out of a total enrollment of 345) of the School's enrollment. The School of Law conferred 110 degrees with 35 degrees earned by Hispanic students.

"First, we're honored and proud that we've been ranked fourth in the country," said School of Law Dean Robert Desiderio. "It's been our mission to foster diversity at all levels at the law school. The fact that we are recognized for this only tells us that we are doing the right thing."

The Anderson Graduate Schools of Management was the only New Mexico school in the top-10 ranking. The only other school in the Southwest was the University of Texas at Austin, which was the top-ranked business school in the nation. The ranking recognizes the percentage of Hispanic students (16 percent at the MBA level, or 75 students out of a total graduate enrollment of 468), graduation rates for Hispanic students (over 90 percent), student services (including a nationally-recognized chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs) and the opportunities afforded Hispanic students, most notably the opportunity to work with small businesses statewide through the Small Business Institute. The Institute serves more than 50 small businesses statewide, 25 percent of which are Hispanic-owned and operated.

"We are very pleased and proud to have received this recognition for a second year. The mission of The Anderson Schools of Management is to provide excellence in professional management education through scholarship that reflects developments in academic theory and professional practice," said ASM Dean Howard L. Smith. "Our research, teaching and service focus on improving New Mexican and professional communities and that, in large part, is a direct commitment to the Hispanic communities of the state.

"We are providing hundreds of Hispanic students with an introduction to business at the undergraduate level and are providing advanced training at the MBA level that is helping Hispanic alumni effectively manage long-term family businesses, start new entrepreneurial enterprise across a broad range of industry sectors or be part of New Mexico's needed managerial talent base. We are providing a great opportunity for individual students who, in turn, become the economic engine of the state."

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