Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Vegas Campus Claims Nevada’s First HSI Title

On Monday, the College of Southern Nevada became the state’s first Hispanic-serving institution — a designation that two more Nevada colleges also might earn in the near future as the Las Vegas Valley’s Latino population continues to grow. 

The Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday that the school already has its sights set on the federal funding some HSIs receive to increase opportunities and programming for the success of Hispanic students. It also hopes to become a model for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Nevada State College, whose Hispanic population numbers are nearing the 25 percent mark they’ll also need to be recognized as HSIs. 

“In a state where we’re struggling with budget funding, this could really position us to get help,” Andrew Ramirez, a Las Vegas political analyst said in the article. 

The HSI designation also demonstrates one narrowing achievement gap between Latinos and other demographic groups in southern Nevada. 

“Now larger pools are getting into colleges,” Ramirez said. “We’re getting there.”

The article mentions the growth in Latino college students at CSN could also be due to better tracking and reporting practices for documenting students’ ethnicities. Previously, 8 percent of students declined to self-identify.