This report documents a crisis in the amount of funding that goes to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Biden's Build Back Better Act that is currently on the rocks would provide much-needed funding to HSIs that are experiencing the effects of decades-long neglect, always doing more with less (read the just published, pertinent New Yorker piece titled, "Joe Manchin Kills the Build Back Better Bill.") The Chronicle of Higher Education piece below addresses the scope of the problem:
Within the next few years, one in four nonprofit colleges will meet the enrollment threshold to be a Hispanic-serving institution, which means 25 percent of full-time-equivalent undergraduates are Hispanic. There were 569 colleges that hit that mark in 2019, and 362 more that were close, according to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the lobbying group for HSIs. (For-profit colleges are excluded.)
I find it troubling that being an HSI doesn't automatically translate into actual "servingness" of Latina/o students, so many of whom are first-generation students in their families attending college. In fact, institutions receiving these competitively-secured dollars do not necessarily have to spend any money on Latina/o students directly.
Minimally, I hope, as suggested below, that HSIs hire and retain more Latina/o faculty and support Mexican American, Puerto Rican/Boricua, and Dominican Studies departments, institutes, and centers. Summer bridge opportunities are vital, too.
Regardless, every dollar helps our ailing HSI colleges and universities. Important read.