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Last week, UHV announced they have now joined about 56 other Texas schools among the ranks of Hispanic Serving-Institutions. Nationally, according to a 2010-2011 report, California had at least 98 schools recognized as Hispanic-serving. Indiana and Oregon each have one. Regionally, according the 2010-11 report... The Coastal Bend College in Beeville (66.7 percent Hispanic), Victoria College (34.3 percent Hispanic) and Wharton County Junior College (31.6 percent Hispanic) have also been recognized as Hispanic-serving Institutions.

To be considered A Hispanic-Serving Institution a university or college must have at least 25 percent Hispanic students that are undergraduate and full-time.

From UHV's release:

  • By earning this status, UHV is eligible for the first time to apply for Title III and Title V funding from the federal government.

  • Hispanics made up 49 percent of UHV's 2012-13 freshmen class.

  • In 2012, Hispanic-Serving Institutions received $220 million through the U.S. Department of Education.

  • UHV research administrator Angela Hartmann said the university plans to take advantage of various funding opportunities. She already has started work on an application for Title III funding. "We are really interested in using this money to expand our student services offerings," Hartmann said. "We'll also take advantage of funding that will increase our retention rates and drive up student completion rates." Title III funding is designed to expand Hispanic-Serving Institutions' capacities to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability. The money supports faculty development, establishes endowment funds and develops and improves academic programs. Title V funding provides grants to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students. Funding also may be used for educational materials, academic tutoring and counseling programs, construction or renovation of facilities, and student support services. Another benefit is Hispanic-Serving Institutions can apply to receive an exemption from the matching cost associated requirements with certain federal programs, Hartmann said. The Hispanic-Serving Institution designation allows UHV the option to waive matching costs required with the Federal College Work Study program. "This exemption could significantly expand opportunities for qualified students to earn money on campus as student workers," Hartmann said."

What do you think about the university's new status? How should these funds be used to serve their Hispanic and non-Hispanic student populations?