Texas A&M University Earns Federal Designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Texas A&M-College Station is the fourth federally designated HSI in the Texas A&M University System

Texas A&M University has been designated an eligible institution by the United States Department of Education to be a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI).

The federal HSI designation allows schools to access additional funds to improve enrollment and graduation rates among Hispanic students. Financing of the Title V program offers rewards for facilities, faculty, services to improve recruitment efforts, improved course offerings, and educational resources.

To receive official federal status under Title III and or Title V of the Higher Education Opportunities Act 2008 (HE HAS), colleges and universities need regional accreditation, and for HSI designation, at least 25% of an institution’s undergraduate enrollment must be Hispanic.

In November 2021, Texas A&M was recognized as an HSI by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), which represents more than 500 institutions in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and school districts across the United States . HACU defines an HSI as “Colleges, universities, or systems/districts where total Hispanic enrollment represents at least 25% of total enrollment, including full-time and part-time students, whether at the undergraduate level undergraduate or graduate of the institution, or both.”

“I am thrilled that HACU and the Department of Education have declared Texas A&M University a Hispanic-serving institution,” said Tim Scott, acting provost and executive vice president. “It shows how seriously we take our land-grant mission to serve all citizens of this great state.”

Annie McGowan, acting vice president of Texas A&M and associate provost for diversity, said, “Texas A&M’s official designation as a Hispanic-serving facility by the Department of Education is a positive representation of the progress of the university toward fulfilling our land-grant mission to equitably serve the State of Texas. Additionally, the designation aligns with the university’s strategic goal to enhance the educational experiences and academic success of our students, especially those from underserved populations. We welcome the opportunity to expand our scholarship and outreach activities to further distinguish Texas A&M as a world-class institution.

McGowan said she plans to hire a team of staff and faculty to support and advance Texas A&M’s commitment to fulfilling the responsibilities of obtaining and maintaining federal HSI status.

Texas A&M-College Station is the fourth federally designated HSI in the Texas A&M University System, joining Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

According to Ministry of Education 2021 eligibility matrix for Title III and Title V programs, Texas A&M is the only school in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to achieve federal HSI status and one of only five institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), joining the University of Arizona, University of California – Santa Cruz, University of California – Irvine and University of California – Santa Barbara.

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