As Latino representation in higher education continues to increase across all states and institution types, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)—public or private nonprofit degree-granting colleges with 25 percent or more Hispanic undergraduate enrollment—provide a valuable laboratory to study practices that help improve Latino access, retention, and academic success.
A new report focuses on successful practices at 12 top-ranked Hispanic-Serving Institutions working to increase Latino student success. Designed to provide a closer view of effective leadership, institutional practices, and guiding principles supporting Latino student success, this report offers promising ideas and strategies for all U.S colleges and universities to bolster results for Latino students, according to a recent press release.
Two Texas community colleges, El Paso Community College and South Texas College, are profiled in the report.
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are defined in federal law as accredited and degree-granting public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education with 25 percent or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment. The defining characteristic of HSIs is their Hispanic enrollment, not their institutional mission, according to the Web site of Excelencia in Education, which distributed the report. The full study, as well as other information is available from this site.