While English may still be the language that dominates the business world, Spanish is the second-most widely spoken native language worldwide after Mandarin Chinese. But getting Hispanic applicants to the table isn’t easy, as representation on campus and outreach efforts vary widely.
Earlier this week, Hispanic Business revealed its annual ranking of the top business schools, based on the effectiveness of these programs in attracting Hispanic students. Schools were ranked in terms of Hispanic diversity according to the following criteria:
- Percent of Hispanic student enrollment.
- Percent of Hispanic faculty members.
- Percent of degrees conferred to Hispanics.
- Progressive programs aimed at increasing enrollment of Hispanic students.
Of the top ten B-schools highlighted by Hispanic Business, six fall into the elite category and rank highly across the board.
- University of Texas at El Paso
- UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
- University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management
- UT McCombs School of Business
- NYU Stern School of Business
- UV Darden School of Business
- University of Texas at San Antonio
- University of Miami School of Business
- Yale School of Management
- Stanford Graduate School of Business
As more and more companies conduct business internationally, the ability to communicate effectively and with sensitivity across cultural boundaries is crucial. Editors at Hispanic Business seem to appreciate the efforts made by the above schools, but point out that more needs to be done to “prime the pipeline from the community to the classroom” to make sure Hispanic students have access to all of the resources and opportunities that are out there.