Latino Student Success at Hispanic Serving Institutions

Latino Student Success at Hispanic Serving Institutions: Findings from a Demonstration Project

Sarita E. Brown
Sally J. Andrade
January 2004


This seminal brief examined the institutional leadership and practices that promote Latino student success at six HSIs in California, Texas, and New York.

The project underscored three key policy issues:

  1. Enrolling Latino students is not sufficient to characterize HSIs; Hispanic “serving” institutions must actively promote Latino students’ success.
  2. While one important element of Latino student success is the completion of a baccalaureate degree, other elements such as student engagement in campus activities, continuous enrollment, employment beyond graduation, and enrollment are critical.
  3. Multiple measures of institutional effectiveness and incentives rather than penalties based on perceived low persistence or graduation rates, are critical as HSIs look to lead and develop innovative practices that promote student success.