This year's business school directory includes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School (ranked third), with 13 percent Hispanic enrollment, and the University of Michigan (ranked ninth), whose business school has 3 percent Hispanic enrollment. Both were ranked among the top 10 in 1999 but failed to make last year's list.
Similarly, this year's law school directory includes the University of New Mexico (ranked fourth, with Hispanic enrollment of 23 percent). UNM ranked second in 1999 but failed to make last year's list. Newcomers to this year's law school directory are Southwestern University School of Law and the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law, with Hispanic enrollment of 12 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
Written by Senior Editor Tim Dougherty; directory compiled by Research Supervisor J. Tabin Cosio and Research Assistant Cynthia Marquez.
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 full-time 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: The number of first-year Hispanic students who returned for their second year was divided by the number of first-year Hispanic students, as reported by each institution. The retention rate was then ranked on a five-point scale.
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.All the above measures were summed and a rating was assigned to each school on the basis of the total score.
Law School Web Sites
American Bar Association (www.abanet.org/legaled): Features a list of ABA-approved schools.
Law School Admission Council (www.lsat.org): Includes the "Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools."
Business School Web Sites
Graduate Management Admission Council (www.gmat.org): Provides information about the cost of an MBA education and how to prepare for the admissions test.
Official MBA Guide (http://mba.us.com/guide): Has a searchable database that allows you to rank MBA programs according to your criteria.
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