Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

$12.2 Million Awarded to 19 HSIs to Expand Education Opportunities to Hispanic Students and Low-Income Individuals

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

$12.2 Million Awarded to 19 HSIs to Expand Education Opportunities to Hispanic Students and Low-Income Individuals

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Education announced recently that 19 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) will receive a total of $12.2 million to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students. The HSI program provides grants lo make college more attainable for Hispanic students and allows institutions to enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability. The grants assist schools in furthering educational opportunities for students through faculty development, curriculum development, academic tutoring and mentoring, and other services.

"We know that Hispanics are the fastestgrowing ethnic group pursuing higher education, but we need to improve the graduation rate for Hispanic students and provide opportunities for them to achieve their higher education goals," said U.S. Secretan' of Education Arne Duncan. 'This grant program will help more Latino students have access to quality higher education, which is key to building a highly skilled workforce to compete in a global marketplace."

A Hispanic-Serving Institution is defined as an eligible institution of higher education that has at least 25 percent Hispanic fulltime equivalent (FTE) undergraduate enrollment at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of the application. …

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