TEMPE, AZ — The State of Arizona revealed Thursday that the university has been named a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Department of Education defines an HSI as an institution of higher education that has an undergraduate (full-time equivalent) Hispanic student body of at least 25% of all students.
In 2021, Hispanic students at ASU made up 26% of the on-campus population, up from 19% in fall 2011, according to the university.
The school called the accolade a major step in its company-wide commitment to increasing the diversity of its student body.
“This meaningful designation recognizes our ongoing institutional efforts to support student success who reflect our state’s diverse demographics and, looking to the future, the growing Hispanic community that will play a major role in the economic advancement and competitiveness of our nation,” said ASU President Michael Crow.
ASU’s West and Downtown Phoenix campuses had previously been recognized with the HSI designation. The University of Arizona was designated an HSI in 2018.
According to ASU, the school had more than 16,840 Hispanic undergraduates among its on-campus population as of fall 2021, up from 10,400 in fall 2011. Including undergraduates, graduate, on-campus and online, Hispanic enrollment at ASU is over 30,200, up from about 12,240 in 2011.
“While we’re thrilled to see Hispanic student enrollment continue to grow, we’re even prouder that their retention and graduation rates also continue to rise,” said Nancy Gonzales, executive vice president and vice president. president of the university.
Gonzales continued, “As a first-generation Latina graduate of ASU, I am thrilled to see our community of talented and determined students thrive at ASU, and I look forward to the benefits that this academic achievement will bring. will bring to our university community in the years to come.”
In a statement touting the accomplishment, ASU also noted that it has Latino leaders in charge of two of the university’s three pillars.
Gonzales is the leader of the academic enterprise, which includes everything related to degree-seeking students and the professors who teach them, while Maria Anguiano is the executive vice president of the learning enterprise, the ecosystem. school lifelong learning program designed for all learners, from kindergarteners to mid-career professionals and retirees.
“My Latin roots run deep and they influence the passion that fuels the work I lead at ASU as we expand access to education by creating learning opportunities to meet the Latinx community where it is. “, Anguiano said.
Anguiano continued, “As a first-generation college graduate, I am energized by our HSI designation because it reinforces the great work that our colegas (colleagues) across the company do to serve all learners.”