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Hispanic Serving Institution
What does it mean to be an Hispanic Serving Institution (Title V)?
Mesa College is proud to be formally designated as an “Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)” for the past two years. One of the primary criteria to be designated as such is that a college must have a Latino student enrollment of at least 25%. As of Fall 2013, Mesa had a Latino student enrollment of 33%, which is more than double of what it was about a decade ago in Fall 2002, when the Latino student population was at 14.8%. Based on demographic trends, this percentage is expected to rise.
- ¡Excelencia in Education!
- Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
- Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators
- Southern California Consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions
- HSI Fact Sheet
- Latino Report Infographic
- Report: From Capacity to Success: HSIs, Title V and Latino Students
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In the Fall 2014, Mesa College was awarded a “Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions-Title V” five-year grant in the amount of $2.62 million. This represents only one of approximately 25 such grants that were awarded nationwide. The purpose of the grant is to improve the retention and graduation rates of Mesa’s diverse population, particularly its Latino students, through systemic, institutional changes and improvements. Mesa’s HSI / Title V program is entitled Proyecto Éxito, a name that combines the idea of successfully exiting with a degree, certificate, or transfer-readiness with the Spanish word for “success.” Mesa will use grant funds to help a higher proportion of its low-income and Latino students experience academic success, allowing them to “exit” Mesa with their goals met.
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