HSI Multiple Definitions and Lists

The federal government does not release an annual list of HSIs for public use. In the absence of an official federal list of HSIs published by the U.S. Department of Education, researchers should use the Title V definition of HSIs when developing a list of HSIs for analysis. However, there are diverse lists that may contradict or confuse findings from research by those who create and use their own list of HSIs that do not follow the federal definition in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEA) – the only federal definition of HSIs that exists.

Therefore, using a common definition based on an established methodology will result in better analysis and will more accurately represent this group of institutions.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) advocacy list – In 2011, Excelencia and HACU coordinated to develop a common list that follows a methodology that aligns as closely as possible to the HEA definition of HSIs.

HACU membership list – For membership purposes, HACU also creates a directory of all public and private, non-profit institutions that meet a minimum 25% Hispanic student headcount. This list is based on self-reported enrollment data by the institutions for Fall of the previous year of membership.

Title V eligible institutions list – Each year, the Department of Education publishes a list of institutions eligible to apply for Title III and Title V programs. This is not an official HSI list, but a program eligibility list.

List of Title V, Part A Grantees – Each year the Department of Education also provides abstracts for the institutions that were awarded funding for that fiscal year. This is not a complete list of HSIs.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HSI and Minority Institutions list – Prior to 2008, the Office of Civil Rights would publish a list of institutions that were classified as having “High Hispanic Enrollment.” This list includes for-profit institutions, which are not included in the definition of HSIs under HEA (section 1201).