The University of Arizona

Media Recap: UA Named a Hispanic-Serving Institution

This April, the University of Arizona was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. With the designation, the UA joins 105 four-year public institutions and only a few from Research I and the Association of American Universities that meet the criteria for eligibility for HSI designation. The UA is also the first of Arizona's three state universities to be so designated.

The HSI designation opens new opportunities to boost supplemental grants and student support services, as well as additional benefits to the UA for research collaborations and partnerships.

It’s a designation that has been three years in the making. Since 2015, Executive Director of Assessment, Research and Grant Development, Marla Franco, has worked to monitor enrollment numbers and meet other criteria for the HSI federal designation.

If you missed it, here is a summary of the coverage: 

University of Arizona's New Hispanic Serving Institution Designation Will Help with Grants, Programs - The Arizona Daily Star

"What makes the UA’s designation significant, Franco said, was the fact the UA is a tier-1 research institution that provides bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and is also one of 62 members of the Association of American Universities."

Ed Department Designates UA as Hispanic-Serving Institution - Arizona Public Media 

"The status, which is given by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes institutions where Hispanic students make up least 25 percent of the student body. Other factors, including the institution’s history of providing educational services for Hispanic and low-income students, are also considered."

UA Recognized by Government for Serving Hispanic Students - KGUN9 

"Hispanic students won't be the only ones to take advantage of this designation. All students of diverse backgrounds and low-income students are eligible for these new grant and research opportunities that come with being an HSI."

UA Recognized for Service to Hispanic Students - Arizona Big Media

"Increased opportunities for federal support could result in boosts to student financial aid, student support programs, faculty development, and new curricular innovations and research endeavors."

UA Recognized for Service to Hispanic Students - UANews

"Additionally, enrollment of undergraduate Hispanic students increased by 3.7 percent between 2013 and 2015. Support of enrollment and retention efforts among Hispanic students will be coupled with enhanced strategies for serving this population."