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Excelencia in Education shares new study about HSI funding

It focuses on strategic practices HSIs are taking when applying for grants.


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The federal government has provided funds to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) since 1995 aiming to help them better serve their Latino students. With the increase of HSIs over the years, these federal funds have become increasingly competitive. 

HSIs had to adapt their practices to effectively plan for grant competitions, and utilize funds in a sustainable way to maintain already existing practices that allow Latino students to thrive. 

Excelencia in Education released in March a new study after interviewing six HSIs that had received federal funding from 2017 to 2022 to learn more about their strategic practices in HSI STEM and Title V grant participation. 

Entitled Beyond an HSI Designation: Exploring Strategic Practices for HSI Grant Participation, the study interviewed the following institutions: California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Sacramento, University of New Mexico-Taos, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dominican University, and Hartnell College. 

The key strategies identified by Excelencia were: 

  • Creating the capacity to apply for HSI grants by holding internal mini-grant competitions, contracting with external grant writers, and bringing in cross-campus support to prepare their grant applications. Despite the intentional efforts, the six universities reported having limited or nonexistent central office or personnel dedicated to HSI initiatives.
  • Implementing and sustaining grant-funded programs to better serve the students. Institutions must utilize this funding in combination with existing resources and integrate key stakeholders into the grant application and implementation process.
  • Conceptualizing and advancing an organizational commitment to serving Latino students. The six institutions are engaging and defining what it means to be an HSI, as well as working on ways to better themselves. They are: 
         -utilizing evidence-based practices from external HSI organizations to identify their next steps to advance their institutional capacity to serve;
         -using funding to improve their capacity to implement and sustain student-centered efforts and outcomes;
         -creating a cross-campus network of offices and departments committed to developing practices that intentionally serve their Latino students; 

You can download the complete publication here.


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