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UTSA celebrates inaugural National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week

By Jo Ann Jones | Date: September 18, 2014

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By: Jo Ann Jones/ College of Education and Human Development


The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will join hundreds of universities from around the United States to celebrate the inaugural National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Week. The weeklong celebration began on Sept. 14 and continues through Sept. 20, coinciding with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.


UTSA is one of 370 HSIs in the United States and one of 68 in Texas. According to Dr. AnneMarie Nuñez, HSI researcher and associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development, HSIs have doubled in number in the last 20 years and are the largest group of Minority-Serving Institutions.


“UTSA is the second largest HSI in the continental U.S., and we are a critical site for educating Hispanic college students in the state of Texas, where Hispanics have been and continue to be underrepresented in four-year, public higher education institutions,” said Nuñez.


In order to become an HSI, a college or university must be an accredited, degree granting, not-for-profit institution with a full-time, Hispanic undergraduate student enrollment of at least 25 percent.


At UTSA, Hispanic enrollment amounts to 47 percent of the undergraduate student population and 35 percent of the graduate student population.


“A week devoted to recognizing HSIs is a way of calling our attention to UTSA, and nationally to the collective responsibilities of those colleges and universities that serve Hispanic populations,” said Rosalind Horowitz, professor in the College of Education and Human Development. “These institutions largely seek educational equity and opportunity, and serve as a model for other minority groups that have not yet entered or completed higher education.”


This year, UTSA was ranked No. 7 in the nation for the number of degrees awarded to Hispanic students by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s annual report. The report also ranked five of UTSA’s undergraduate degree programs as among the best in the nation.


“The Presidential Proclamation of National Hispanic-Serving Institutions week brings important recognition to HSIs and their role in achieving important postsecondary goals,” said Nuñez. “Hopefully this symbolic recognition will translate into more tangible public and private support for these institutions to build capacity to serve their students and expand their contributions to society.”


For more information, visit the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities website.



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