The National Hispanic University Introduces First Entirely Online Degree Programs

Feb 24, 2012 (02:02 PM EST)

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An increasing number of young Hispanics are enrolling in college, according to research from the Pew Hispanic Center. To support this growing trend and its mission of providing access to quality higher education for Hispanics and others serving diverse communities, The National Hispanic University (NHU) announced it will introduce its first entirely online degree programs starting April 30.


NHU President Dr. David P. Lopez made the announcement during NHU's 30th anniversary celebration event on Friday, Feb. 24. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa was the keynote speaker for the event and received an honorary doctoral degree in recognition of his commitment to education and for his efforts to improve access to education on behalf of the Hispanic community. Mayor Villaraigosa presented Dr. Lopez with a certificate from the city of Los Angeles in recognition of NHU's achievements in delivering quality education to the Hispanic community.

"Throughout three decades of development, the university has remained dedicated to a noble goal—to bring traditionally underserved students into the university classroom and prepare them for successful careers and positions of leadership," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "With the launch of its online programs, the university has an opportunity to support the success of learners beyond San Jose and to prepare them to meet the needs of multicultural communities."

NHU recently received approval to offer its Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning and Bachelor of Arts in Child Development programs online, and the university is expected to begin offering additional programs online later this year.

"For 30 years, NHU has been a national institution of higher learning dedicated to educating our country's Hispanic leaders of tomorrow," said Dr. David Lopez, NHU president. "Adding entirely online programs allows us to make higher education more accessible for our current and future community of learners and prepare them for successful careers and lifelong achievement."

NHU's M.A. in Education program with a specialization in Teaching and Learning prepares educators to better motivate, educate and succeed in today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. The program provides teachers with the advanced insight and knowledge to cultivate classroom environments that embrace and thrive on diversity while enhancing the learning of all students, including English-language learners.

The B.A. in Child Development program is designed to prepare childcare professionals who are specialized in supporting the cultural, linguistic and social diversity needs of young children and their families. It offers a multicultural learning experience with a concentration in biliteracy that meets the educational needs of the growing base of Hispanic child development professionals.

NHU was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, who dedicated his life to making educational opportunities available to Hispanics and members of other underrepresented groups. Grounded in cultural respect, NHU fosters a learning environment that reflects the rich heritage and diversity of the Hispanic community.

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About The National Hispanic University
For 30 years, The National Hispanic University (NHU) has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education. NHU offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, teacher education, child development, and computer science, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The campus is located in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit

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