WASHINGTON  – Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) alongside historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), represent 20 percent of institutions in the nation but enroll almost half of black and Latino undergraduate students. Excelencia in Education, in partnership with the United Negro College Fund—Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, today released a new analysis to bring intentional focus to strengthening student success. 

Both HBCUs and HSIs are in a distinct position to help move the country’s college completion growth forward.  For example, Latinos must earn an additional 5.5 million college degrees for America to regain world leadership in college degrees by 2020.  Therefore, by showing commonalities between HSIs and HBCUs, this new analysis will inform efforts by policy makers, institutional, and community leaders to strengthen America by better serving Latino and black students.

"The combined growth of Latinos and blacks in our population, and in higher education overall, requires more intentional focus on institutions that serve them," said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education.  “By focusing on HSIs and HBCUs through the use of data, we can shed light on the institutions where Latinos and blacks are choosing to enroll.  Additionally, this information can serve as a base of information for public policy analyses and aid in the development of polices focused on educational success."

“Latinos and African Americans represent 30 percent of our national population.  Growth in these populations is projected to continue at a robust pace, yet both communities continue to trail other groups and the nation as a whole in education attainment,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF.  “Excelencia and UNCF not only share the aspiration of student success in higher education, we also believe that insight is gained when the aspirations of African Americans and Latinos are considered side by side so we can intentionally consider approaches, impacts and results.”

The following summarizes key points of comparison between HSIs and HBCUs:

  • HBCUs are defined as any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association.
  • HSIs are defined as accredited and degree-granting public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education with 25% or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment.
  • 60% of undergraduate students at HSIs and HBCUs are Hispanic or black.
  • In 2012-2013, half of HBCUs (50%) and most HSIs (68%) were public institutions.
  • HBCU-enrolled blacks and HSI-enrolled Hispanics are more likely to be women than men (60% female vs. 39% male for HBCU-enrolled blacks and 58% female vs. 40% male for HSI-enrolled Hispanics).
  • In 2012, 92% of HBCUs were located in the southern United States, with 76% in the southeast, with Alabama (15), North Carolina (10), Georgia and Texas (9) leading the rest of the nation.
  • In 2012-2013, 73% of students enrolled at HBCUs were recipients of Pell Grant, compared with a national average of 42%.
  • In 2012-2013, 85% of HSIs were located in five states and Puerto Rico, with California having the most HSIs (127). There are 370 HSIs located in 15 states and Puerto Rico overall.
  • In 2012-2013, there were 277 emerging HSIs, defined as institutions with 15-24% undergraduate full-time Hispanic enrollment.

For more information, visit www.EdExcelencia.org.

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.


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Tue, 09/16/2014 - 8:00am
Washington, DC
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