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1 Inventing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): The Basics American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) March 2006 Deborah A. Santiago, PhD

2 Outline Why look at Latinos in higher education? Why look at HSIs? Definition History General characteristics Future and related work

3 Why look at Latinos in higher education? 2 nd largest racial/ethnic group… and growing Youngest racial/ethnic group Most undereducated …our future workforce

4 Why look at HSIs? Enroll over 50% of all Latino undergraduates HSIs as classification HSIs as funding vehicle HSIs as political construct

5 HSIs are defined by their Hispanic student enrollment not their institutional missionin federal law: accredited and degree-granting public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education with at least 25 percent or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment. (summary of Title V of the Higher Education Act, as amended in 1998). Defining Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

6 Office of Civil Rights (OCR) list –Includes for-profit institutions Developing HSIs Program (Title V) list –Uses additional criteria and only includes grantees Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) list –Includes members and more general definition List for this brief Multiple HSI Lists… Multiple Uses

7 Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

8 Recognition of HSIs - History Institutional Community State Federal

9 Characteristics of HSIs

10 Quick Facts on HSIs In , 236 institutions met the basic definition of HSIs in federal law; HSIs represented 6% of all degree- granting institutions; Enrolled 52% of Latino undergraduates Awarded over 40% of associate or bachelors degrees to Latinos in the U.S.

11 HSIs are growing in number

12 HSIs are concentrated Over 75% of HSIs are in 4 locations: –California (68) –Puerto Rico (52) –Texas (37) –New Mexico (23 Latino population has similar concentrations

13 A majority of HSIs are 2-year institutions Public 2-year: 46% Private 2-year: 8% Public 4-year or more:20% Private 4-year or more:26%

14 Of all HSIs, 60% (140) had an open admissions policy –Admits anyone who applies Nationally, only 44% of degree-granting institutions had an open admissions policy HSIs are accessible

15 HSIs are affordable Public 4-year or abovePublic 2-year All InstitutionsHSIsAll InstitutionsHSIs In-state average tuition $ 3,400 $ 1,590 $ 1,977 $ 1,273 In-state fees per credit hour $ 153 $ 70 $ 73 $ 54

16 To be an HSI is to be at the forefront of change in higher education because of the change in demographics. We have an opportunity to be trend-setters where we have not historically been seen as an institution. -Diana Natalicio, University of Texas at El Paso

17 Choosing HSIs: Examining Latino Students Choices –Latino students and factors influencing their choices Modeling HSIs: Campus Practices that Work for Latino Students. –Hispanic Serving vs. Hispanic Enrolling and whats replicable Upcoming Briefs in HSI Series

18 Related Projects by Excelencia Latino Student Success Network (US Department of Education) A Closer Look at Latino College Student Choices (Ford Foundation) Latino Student Success: Case Studies in Institutional Leadership (Lumina Foundation for Education)

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