Nevada Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions

A Hispanic-Serving Institution is defined as a postsecondary institution with a Hispanic student enrollment, full time equivalent, of 25 percent or higher AND evidence that the institution serves a significant needy student population. In 2002, there were 237 recognized HSIs which enrolled 54.2 percent of all Latino undergraduate students. 

Emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions are colleges and universities who serve a Hispanic population between 15 and 24.9 percent. According to Hispanic Association of College and Universities and Excelencia in Education, the Nevada System of Higher Education has six emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions: College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State CollegeTruckee Meadows Community College,  University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Nevada College.

In preparation for HSI status, Nevada institutions have: 

  1. Applied for or in the process of applying for Title III and Title V designation from the U.S. Department of Education; 
  2. Developed or in the process of developing an HSI Task Force; 
  3. Implemented or scaled up promising college literacy and financial aid programs targeting Latino populations; and 
  4. Joined national HSI organizations, such as Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, to help build institutional capacity. 

Nevada HSI Readiness

Nevada colleges and universities are gearing up to apply for Hispanic-Serving Institution status. The following include notable activities and events: 

May 2012
The College of Southern Nevada, in partnership with Nevada Assembly members Debbie Smith and Lucy Flores and the National Conference of State Legislatures, convened an HSI meeting to discuss next steps for HSI designation. 

Materials from this meeting:

August 2012
Nevada State College, in partnership with Latin Chamber of Commerce, convened a community-wide meeting to discuss steps taken to achieve HSI status. 

Materials from this meeting:

November 2012
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Office of Diversity Initiatives, in partnership with Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, held a meeting to discuss HACU’s role at Hispanic Serving Institutions. Presenters included HACU President Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D
Materials from this meeting:


HSI Resources

» REPORT: Examining the Financial Resilience of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
In this report by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public at the University of Michigan the authors examine revenues and expenditures to understand how various institutions mediated fiscal constraints and maintained focus on investments in student achievement and educational priorities. 

» U.S. Department of Education: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program – Title V
The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. The HSI Program grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

This web site provides information on the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program authorized under Title V, Part A of the Higher Education Act (CFDA# 84.031S) as well as the HSI Program originally authorized by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 - HSI STEM and Articulation Programs (HEA, Title III, Part F, Section 371; CFDA# 84.031C). 

» Excelencia in Education 
Excelencia in Education aims to accelerate higher education success for Latino students by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latino students and by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement.

» Hispanic Association of College and Universities
The mission of HACU is to champion Hispanic success in higher education. HACU fulfills its mission by:

  • promoting the development of member colleges and universities; 
  • improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and 
  • meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise. 

» Investing in Higher Education for Latinos: Trends in Latino College Access and Success 
Provides state-by-state demographic and education-related data. Every state faces unique challenges and opportunities to support Latino student success and improve overall college attainment rates. This brief offers an overview of achievement gaps in each state and highlights the areas that could be targeted to improve Latino student access and success.

» Investing in Higher Education for Latinos: Payoffs for State Economies
Focuses on how improving college completion rates for Latino students can be a catalyst for stronger economies. The brief provides examples of states that are ensuring Latinos have the education and training to find jobs in high-demand, high-paying fields and become positive contributors to the economy.

» Nevada System of Higher Education Presentations