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February 22nd, 2010
Texas State cited as emerging HSI

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Excelencia in Education, the non-profit organization dedicated to Latino success in higher education, recently mentioned Texas State in its report “Emerging HSIs (Hispanic-Serving Institutions): Serving Latino Students.”

A university can claim HSI status when its enrollment is 25 per cent Hispanic and can then compete for Title V federal funds. The report  disclosed that emerging HSIs are not waiting for official HSI status before enacting policies to better serve Latino students.

Texas State was cited as an example of this trend, as were Loyola Marymount University, Palm Beach Community College and Metropolitan State College of Denver.

“We can learn from these emerging colleges that are producing successful results,” said Deborah Santiago, author of the report and Vice President for Policy and Research at Excelencia in Education. “As the number of college-going Hispanics and HSIs continue to grow, it’s important to understand what it means to serve Latino students well, and we can look to these colleges as models.”

The report enumerated a number of ways Texas State was achieving its goal of HSI status, included the recruitment of students in heavily Latino areasof South Texas, diversifying its faculty, and keeping pace with its stated goal of HSI status by 2012. The university was particularly noted for serving Hispanic students as a responsible member of the community.

“Achieving HSI status will enable our faculty and staff to compete for research and student support grants that will further enhance the academic experience of all Texas State students,” said Michael Heintze, Texas State’s associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing.

The four universities mentioned were commended for their presidential leadership and efforts to improve enrollment. They were also cited for their efforts to maintain retention and completion and the creation and adoption of encouraging practices.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities currently lists 225 institutions as HSIs.

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  1. With the utmost respect i must say this. It seems interesting that Texas State purposely goes out to recruit a specific racial category at what is inevitably at the expense of another racial category considering the finite aspect of the student population. While Hispanics have dramatically increased, whites have decreased. This means that there were white students who were turned down because they would not increase the Hispanic population of the University. What’s worse is that there is a financial incentive for the University to recruit based on racial preferences. (grants & funds) I know its hard to say anything in defense of a “white racial group” without receiving a volley of unfounded fire from others in this country but how exactly does this reinforce any sense of fairness or equality in the minds of our people and the institutions they serve?

  2. I don’t believe they are turning down or rejecting white applicants in favor of hispanic, though I can certainly understand your concern as the article and description of the programs could lead to that perception. They are simply marketing themselves more actively to hispanics. Recruiting means they are actively seeking a certain population to encourage them to apply–it is not a guarantee of admittance. They are not avoiding whites–they simply aren’t actively pursuing because they haven’t had issues in the past getting them to come to Texas State. Application & admittance characteristics are increasing to Texas State across all of the big racial categories–they are just increasing faster for hispanics. Some of that would happen naturally just for the fact that hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in Texas.

  3. Personally, I think the tragedy is that we have a university here in San Marcos, which (for whatever reason) does an outstanding job of graduating Hispanic students and we have such a huge Hispanic population in town, but we can’t seem to figure out how to get our kids into that university (or any college) and on many days, we can’t even be bothered to see that it is a problem.

    It is entirely possible that the number of Hispanic students has risen, because the number of Hispanic applicants has risen, because of recruiting efforts and because Hispanic students do so well here.

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