Blog: Latino Ed Beat

New Center Will Track Hispanic-Serving Institutions

A new online resource center called the Hispanic SERVING Institutions Center for Policy and Practice will track information on the so called “HSIs.” 

A Hispanic-Serving Institution is defined as a college or university where at least one quarter of full-time students enrolled are Latino. The center is being launched in September by the education advocacy group Excelencia in Education, with a grant from the nonprofit TG Corporation.

“This new center will help us fill an important void for policy makers and institutional, community, philanthropic and business leaders seeking to better understand HSIs in order to improve Latino student success,” Excelencia vice president Deborah Santiago said in an announcement.

According to Excelencia in Eduction, more than 60 percent of Latino undergraduate college students are enrolled in HSIs — which represent only 11 percent of all of the country’s colleges and universities.