Department of U.S. Education Recognizes CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus as a Hispanic-Serving InstitutionOct 26, 2021
The University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus have become the first research university in the state to attain status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), according to a recent designation by the U.S. Department of Education.
To qualify for this status, a university must have undergraduate full-time enrollment that is comprised of at least 25% Hispanic students, demonstrate a high concentration of students who are eligible for Pell Grants, and have low core expenses.
Becoming an HSI enables the campuses to receive additional grant opportunities to fund high-impact practices that support student services and functions. With student success at the forefront, these grants will be put toward graduation, student retention, hiring more staff to support new and growing programs, summer education, inclusive pedagogy, and more. Faculty on both campuses are now eligible for grant opportunities that are only available to minority-serving institutions and will generally receive additional consideration when applying for other federal grants.
"Being recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution is so significant for our campus,” said CU Denver Chancellor Michelle Marks. “I am proud of the diversity of our student body and we will continue our important work of fostering an inclusive campus. This designation aligns with our 2030 Strategic Plan to become an equity-serving institution that provides a racially and culturally enhancing educational and work environment and a sense of belonging for all. This designation gives CU Denver the opportunity to give our students stronger support so they can earn their degrees and pursue meaningful careers.”
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