Hispanic-Serving Institution Definition

A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as a non-profit institution that has at least 25% Hispanic full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment. In 2002, 2004, and 2006 Yakima Valley Community College received the designation (HSI) and three Title V grants allowing the college to strengthen the institution
for all students and faculty. The additional funds allow YVCC to focus on projects that range from student support programs to classroom technology.

Eligibility designation qualifies an institution of higher education to receive grants under the Title V and Title III, Part A, Programs, provided certain other program-specific eligibility requirements are met. Title V authorizes the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. Title III, Part A, authorizes the Strengthening Institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Programs. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Service administers both programs. Visit their Web site for additional information. In particular, visit the Title V Program Statute for legislation about Title V.

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education has published a list of Postsecondary Minority Institutions at:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html, where you can also find a link to a list of "High Hispanic Enrollment" institutions at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst-list-hisp-tab.html .