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.