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25 Years of HSIs: A Glance on Progress - Emerging HSIs

Excelencia in Education
December 2020


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  • The number of institutions on the cusp of becoming an HSI has grown significantly. In 1994- 95, there were 146 Emerging HSIs; in 2018-19, there were 352 Emerging HSIs, an 141% increase.*
  • More states and locations have Emerging HSIs. In 2018-19, 35 total states and locations had at least one Emerging HSI, compared to 15 states and locations in 1994-95.
  • The largest growth in Emerging HSIs occurred amongst four-year institutions. In 2018-19, 247 Emerging HSIs were four-year institutions, compared to 64 Emerging HSIs that were four-year institutions in 1994-95, a 286% increase.
  • Latino undergraduate student FTE enrollment has significantly increased at Emerging HSIs. Since 1994-95, Latino undergraduate FTE enrollment at Emerging HSIs has increased from 114,561 in 1994-95 to 324,767 in 2018-19, an 183% increase.

*The number of Emerging HSIs fluctuate over the years as they lose EHSI status or move from Emerging HSIs to HSI status once they meet the Latino FTE enrollment threshold of 25%.

Infographic-Growth in Emerging HSIs 1994-95 to 2018-19

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