Issue Briefs

Issue Brief series These publications combine data-driven research and analysis of what is working to increase Latino student success at HSIs, Emerging HSIs and HSIs with graduate programs. 

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) enroll over 60 percent of Latino undergraduates and generally enroll a high enrollment of needy students with relatively limited resources. The federal government has funded the development of HSIs since 1995 to expand and enhance their capacity, quality, and the educational achievement of their Latinos and other low-income students. This brief examines the impact of 20 years of investment in HSIs and the link of this support on Latino student success.

This report identifies colleges and universities graduating Latinos in healthcare fields, selected evidence-based practices to increase Latino student success in these disciplines, and Latino representation in the healthcare workforce. The representation of institutions meeting the basic federal definition of an HSI is also summarized.

This brief examines the profiles of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Representing a small percentage of all institutions of higher education, HBCUs and HSIs enroll a large portion of all African American and Hispanic students, giving them an important role in educating the country’s future workforce.

The third brief in the Finding Your Workforce series, this report reveals colleges and universities graduating Latinos in health care fields and selected evidence-based practices to increase Latino student success in these disciplines. Institutions meeting the basic federal definition of an HSI were also identified.

The second brief in the Finding Your Workforce series, this report reveals colleges and universities graduating Latinos in science, technology, engineering and math fields and selected evidence-based practices to increase Latino student success in these disciplines. The top 25 institutions at each academic level conferring certificates or degrees to Latinos in 2009-10 were located in only six states. Institutions meeting the basic federal definition of an HSI were also identified.

The first brief in the Finding Your Workforce series, this report provides a summary of Latinos’ college completion for 2009-10, along with a list of the top 25 institutions at each academic level graduating Latinos from certificates to doctoral degrees. Institutions meeting the basic federal definition of an HSI were also identified.

The purpose of this issue brief is to provide a common definition and methodology for identifying HSIs that will result in better analysis and more accuracy. Using a common definition based on an established methodology will more accurately represent this group of institutions.

This brief examines financial aid strategies aimed at increasing enrollment, academic success and degree completion at eight Texas Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) located along the U.S.-Mexico border serving low-income communities. These institutions rank among the top institutions, both statewide and nationally, in enrolling and graduating Latino students.

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