WASHINGTON— A new study from Excelencia in Education finds that Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) have invested federal Title V (Developing HSIs program) funds in capacity building activities linked to student success.
“From Capacity Building to Success: HSIs, Title V, and Latino Students” looks at 20 years of information to examine how institutions used funds from the competitive grant program. Not every HSI has received a Title V grant. However, the analysis shows that the majority of HSIs receiving Title V funds have invested in capacity building efforts consistent with the intent of the federal program -- to expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.
About 60 percent of Latino students enrolled in higher education are enrolled at HSIs. This new study shows Latinos’ access to higher education and degree completion has increased significantly as HSIs have grown.
“Today, more Latinos are enrolling and graduating from college, and HSIs have played a role,” said Deborah Santiago, COO and vice president for policy of Excelencia in Education. "This federal investment provides HSIs with the opportunity to model for the nation what it means to serve Latino students to college completion.”
Other key findings include:
Grant Funding:
- The number of HSIs has more than doubled in the past 20 years, and just over half have received Title V funding.
- The grants represent a small but significant part of an HSI’s budget.
Access and Completion:
- Latino enrollment has tripled over the last 20 years as the number of HSIs has more than doubled.
- The educational attainment of Latinos has nearly doubled in the past 20 years.
- The persistence and completion rates of students are higher than the graduation rates at HSIs.
“It is encouraging to see HSIs’ commitment to student success reflected in their use of Title V funds,” said Kristin Boyer, TG’s director of philanthropy. “This critical support allows for innovation in programming and expanded capacity that can help HSIs truly become Hispanic-serving, not just Hispanic-enrolling, institutions.”
Visit EdExcelencia.org to view the full report. This analysis was developed by Excelencia in Education with support from TG Philanthropy.

Excelencia in Education accelerates higher education success for Latino students by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia is building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership. For more information, visit: www.EdExcelencia.org.
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