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BEST SCHOOLS 2002: Methodology


Our law school survey was limited to programs accredited by the American Bar Association. Likewise, our business school survey was limited to programs accredited by the American
Council of Business Schools.

Questionnaires requesting information in the following five categories were sent to each institution. A point system was then developed wherein up to five points were awarded in each category.•Enrollment: Two parameters – the number of Hispanic students currently enrolled and the percentage of Hispanic students in the overall school enrollment – were ranked.
•Faculty: The percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty members among total fulltime faculty was calculated and ranked.
•Student Services: The number of special programs that recruit Hispanic students in each school, the number of mentorship programs available to Hispanic students, and the number of Hispanic student support organizations active on campus were evaluated. Numerical values for these three factors were averaged for the final rating.
•Retention Rate: Ranking was based on the number of first year Hispanic students who returned for their second year divided by the number of first year Hispanic students, as reported by each institution.
•Reputation: All graduate programs were assessed on the basis of the U.S. News and World Report ranking of their programs in the Best Graduate Schools, 2002 Edition.

The above measures were summed and ratings were assigned on the basis of the total scores.

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Source: HISPANIC BUSINESS magazine

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