Pursuing Hispanic Serving Institution Designation at Community College Branch Campuses

Topics: Community College, Minority Students, Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Regional Sites and Branch Campuses, University Systems and Governance

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Summary

As individual and branch campuses seek HSI designation, institutional research staff must consider the variations in the application process and how the designation will impact campus services. This brief examines how other branch campuses apply for and receive HSI designation. More specifically, the report outlines the branch campus and HSI designation process, the stakeholders involved in the application and post-application process, and the impacts of HSI designation on services for Hispanic students.

Research Questions

  • What was the process for you to apply for HSI designation as a single campus?
  • How does the process for a single campus to apply for designation differ from the process for a whole institution to apply for designation, if at all?
  • What outcomes do you observe as a result of HSI designation (e.g., enhanced ability to secure grants, increased ability to attract Hispanic students and other minority students, etc.)?