Excelencia in Education to create Hispanic SERVING Institutions Center for Policy and Practice
WASHINGTON – Excelencia in Education today announced it will create an innovative online resource center of information and experience on policies and proven practices focused on Hispanic Serving Institutions. The new Hispanic SERVING Institutions Center for Policy and Practice (HSICP2), will be launched in September, with funding support in part by a $350,000 grant from TG, a nonprofit corporation that promotes postsecondary education access and completion.
Leaders from Excelencia in Education and TG went to Capitol Hill Thursday to brief details of the new effort to Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
“The leadership of Excelencia in Education has the courage, vision and skills to identify what makes colleges and universities effective in serving Latino students,” said Hinojosa.
“Given Excelencia in Education’s significant contributions to researching, analyzing, and understanding HSIs, as well as the critical need for this kind of innovative national resource, TG is proud to invest in this endeavor,” said Jacob Fraire, TG's vice president for student and institutional success, noting that Texas is home to 68 HSIs. “This work will cultivate and promote evidence-based ideas and practices that benefit our nation, and provide the needed framework to help see our Hispanic youth succeed in their pursuit of a postsecondary education.”
“America’s future success will require understanding the 11 percent of higher education institutions identified as Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or HSIs, which enroll 60 percent of all Latino undergraduate students,” said Deborah Santiago, COO and vice president for policy at Excelencia in Education. “This new center will help us fill an important void for policy makers and institutional, community, philanthropic, and business leaders seeking to better understand HSIs in order to improve Latino student success. But these lessons also can be applied beyond HSIs, both to better serve Latino students elsewhere and to better serve the increasing population of post-traditional students of all backgrounds.”
Santiago has spearheaded Excelencia in Education’s HSI research efforts and is among the nation’s leading experts on HSIs.
Since 1994, federal law has defined HSIs 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. Despite the fact that federal law defines HSIs, the federal government does not maintain a list of current HSIs.
Excelencia in Education’s regular analysis of institutional demographics and evidence-based practices has become a trusted source to demonstrate which institutions currently meet the federal definition of an HSI and which institutions are emerging as potential HSIs. In 2012-2013, 370 institutions met the definition of an HSI.
Currently there is no central location to access research on HSIs to inform public policy, future research and effective practice for Latino student success. TG’s grant to Excelencia in Education supports the design, launch, and assessment for this online resource center to: 1) Inform policy discussions on HSIs and, through them, efforts to serve and graduate Latino students; 2) Develop a structure to assist current and emerging HSIs; and 3) Engage institutional constituents. The resulting information generated from the initial launch of the HSI Center for Policy and Practice will be available to the public free of charge through Excelencia in Education’s website.
“We are grateful for this investment from TG, a partner in this effort.” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “By recognizing and supporting Excelencia’s mission to accelerate Latino student success in higher education and our unique and extensive track record on HSIs, TG demonstrates the philanthropic commitment that will help us build the HSICP2 into a national resource. We are honored to be working with TG, Rep. Rubén Hinojosa and other outstanding champions for student success as we bring this Center to the public this fall”
For more information, visit: http://www.edexcelencia.org/hsi
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.
Jacob Fraire, vice president for student and institutional success, TG, left, Sarita Brown, president, Excelencia in Education, second from left, and Deborah Santiago, COO and vice president for policy, Excelencia in Education, second from right, met with Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, right, at his U.S. Capitol office June 12 to brief him on the new Hispanic Serving Institutions Center for Policy and Practice. With support from TG, Excelencia in Education's new center will share information and experience on policies and proven practices focused on Hispanic Serving Institutions. (Photo by Jenny Sarabia)
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Leaders from Excelenica in Education and TG met with Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, third from left, at his U.S. Capitol office June 12 to brief him on the new Hispanic Serving Institutions Center for Policy and Practice. They were joined by Connie Humphrey, Hinojosa’s chief of staff, Rosa Garcia, Hinojosa’s policy advisor, and, Hannah Katz, Legislative Aide to Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas). With support from TG, Excelencia in Education's new center will provide information and experience on policies and proven practices focused on Hispanic Serving Institutions. (Photo by Jenny Sarabia)
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