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Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)


HSIs enroll 66% of Latino undergraduates but are only 17% of all institutions.

Excelencia in Education analysis using: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS): 2017-2018 Fall Institutional Characteristics and Enrollment Surveys


“Living up to the Designation – Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)” –
Lumina Foundation podcast featuring Deborah Santiago

Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education’s CEO and co-founder discusses the HSI designation, Excelencia’s focus on institutions SERVING Latino students, the distinction between equity and diversity, and future directions to increase Latino student success.

Deborah also talks about upon the creation of the Seal of Excelencia—a voluntary certification system for institutions using data, practice, and leadership—as one way to show intentionality in SERVING Latino students.


Where do Latinos go to college?

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)

The institutions serving students with the highest need are also some of the most under-resourced. We must acknowledge and support these institutions—community colleges, open access, and public institutions. Latinos are heavily concentrated at these institutions and ensuring Latino student success requires financial resources for wraparound services or increased financial aid. Policy should focus on increasing institutional capacity to improve access and completion of Latino students in higher education.

HSIs 2017-2018

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