Public Affairs

HSIs Get New Designation

May 10, 2012
By Elizabeth Chapin

In response to the dramatic growth in the number of Hispanic college students and the need for an educated agriculture workforce, the US Department of Agriculture created a new designation for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) with ag programs reflective of their diverse student bodies. CSU HSI campuses at Pomona, Bakersfield, Fullerton, Monterey Bay and San Bernardino recently received the new certification as Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs). The five are among 71 U.S. institutions certified this year.

The designation is based on the percentage of degrees awarded to Hispanic students enrolled in agricultural programs, and will make the campuses eligible for federal grants and participation in programs such as the HSACU Endowment Fund. With an undergraduate Hispanic student enrollment of at least 25%, more than half of CSUs are designated as HSIs. More CSU HSIs are expected to meet HSACU requirements in the future.