HSI News


HSI update meeting planned
Nov 5, 2012
A meeting to update the University community on the progress of the Hispanic Serving Institution initiative is planned for next week.

In pursuit of success: How the University is improving retention, graduation
Oct 22, 2012
When Stephen Jordan joined MSU Denver in 2005, one of his priorities as president was to improve rates of retention and, by extension, graduation.

22,976: the fall 2012 undergraduate headcount

Sep 17, 2012
Undergraduate enrollment stands at 22,976, and students of color now make up a third of the student body, the fall 2012 census shows.

Summer club sponsored by JTHO and others teach skills and life lessons
Jul 9, 2012
The kids who live in Denver’s low-income La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood missed out on a rite of summer last year.

Enrollment Services: College ahead on reaching Hispanic Serving Institution goal
March 19, 2012
From fall 2006 to fall 2011, undergraduate enrollment grew 11 percent with Latino student enrollment climbing a stunning 56 percent and 23 percent for African American students—a reflection of strategic outreach and retention efforts.


HSI advocates celebrate progress, discuss future efforts
Sept. 26,2011
Fall Latino student enrollment reaches historic high of 18.2 percent due to bilingual marketing efforts, new curricular emphases on Latinos, the College’s Excel Program and changing city and state demographics.

Running the Numbers: Latino enrollment soaring
June 13, 2011
The latest numbers for fall 2011 applications show the College’s efforts toward attaining Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status, which have shown significant results since the HSI initiative was established in 2007, are continuing to pay off.

High school students readying to attend Metro State
May 9, 2011
Nearly 100 students who have yet to receive their high school diplomas have already registered to attend the College through the Excel Pre-Collegiate Program.

Greetings, farewells and celebrations dominate Board of Trustees meeting
April 11, 2011
The April 6 Board of Trustees meeting saw the coming and going of key board members.

eMerge re-emerges with kick-off event for new module
Mar 21, 2011
The ‘eMerge’ project, a collaborative information technology initiative begun in 2007 but suspended in 2009 due to lack of funds, has been restarted.

Strategic Name Initiative: Community outreach projects underway
Feb 21, 2011
Recent forums held to involve the Denver community in the selection process of a possible new name for Metro State have increased communications between the College and various community groups.

Five years in, the vision is the same for Jordan
Feb 7, 2011
Stephen Jordan took the helm at Metro State in September 2005 with a 10-year vision for Metro State to become “the preeminent public urban baccalaureate college in the nation.”

Board kicks off first meeting of semester
Feb 7, 2011
In addition to receiving a budget update at its Feb. 2 meeting, the Board of Trustees reaffirmed its support for the latest version of the tuition equity bill, approved a change in student health insurance policy and approved a memorandum of understanding related to the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC).

College making progress toward HSI goal
Feb 7, 2011
For a few years now, there’s been a buzz on campus about achieving Hispanic Serving Institution status, the federal designation accorded to institutions that have at least 25 percent Latino student enrollment.

Results of faculty survey show myriad perspectives
Jan 24, 2011
The recently released results of a survey focusing on campus climate and job satisfaction among Metro State faculty indicate general agreement on a number of broad issues.



HSI leads to newly reinvigorated Journey Through Our Heritage Program
Oct 19, 2010
A multicultural program at Metro State designed to develop leaders and engage students with their community is experiencing a renaissance, thanks to the HSI initiative.

Master’s programs help tip enrollment over 24,000 mark
Sep 21, 2010
Fall 2010 saw record enrollment at Metro State. A significant part of this growth was in the category of Hispanic or Latino, whose numbers increased 23.8 percent from fall 2009.

Marketing conference taps into Latino community
Sep 7, 2010
Metro State hosted the third annual Innovations in Hispanic Marketing Conference.

New survey to better track ethnicity and race
Aug 11, 2010
A new survey to collect ethnic and racial data from students and employees, part of a federal mandate to acquire this information across the country, can provide individuals of diverse heritage, including Latinos, the opportunity to better define themselves.

HSI update: Excelencia says ‘intentionality’ important in seeking HSI status
Mar 10, 2010
The organization Excelencia in Education visits campus to discuss its findings on the importance of “intentionality” for higher education institutions seeking to serve the Latino community.

Torres speaks in DC briefing on College’s work to serve Latinos
Feb 10, 2010
Shortly after Metro State is named one of four “emerging HSIs” by Excelencia in Education, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs Luis Torres participates in a briefing on the role of HSIs in President Barack Obama’s national college completion goals for the next decade.


HSI Update: Excel Program expands; HACU on campus Friday
Sep 23, 2009
Metro State implements a recommendation by the HSI Taskforce to expand the Excel Program, which was established in 1986 to improve the College’s enrollment and retention process.

HSI Update: Teacher prep program to partner with national Latino advocacy group
Jun 17, 2009
Metro State’s Urban Teacher Partnership (UTP) program to collaborate with a national nonprofit to address the emerging imperative to increase higher education access for Colorado’s Latino students.

Improving the nutrition of Latinos is goal of $260,000 grant
Jun 3, 2009
Metro State’s Human Nutrition and Dietetics Program takes a major step toward keeping up with the needs of Latinos in Colorado.

Campaign showcases Metro State’s impact on Denver’s growing Latino community
May 20, 2009
Metro State promotes itself as the top choice for Colorado’s Latino students.

Upcoming diversity events support HSI initiative
Mar 18, 2009
A series of events on campus related to Latino heritage underscore the College’s initiative to become an HSI.

HSI collaboration brings photo exhibition to King Center
Jan 21, 2009
Spurred by the College’s HSI initiative, the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences collaborate with the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center to offer programs.


HSI Task Force hosts Excelencia in Education
Nov 26, 2008
Metro State’s HSI Task Force hosts a special talk that attracts representatives from 10 different Colorado higher education institutions.

HSI Update: Task force makes graduate programs proposal key priority
Nov 12, 2008
The HSI Task Force joins other key campus groups supporting President Stephen Jordan’s idea to offer graduate programs at the College.

HSI Update: Market research firm finds positive attitudes about Metro State and diversity
Jul 23, 2008
In general, students, faculty and staff at Metro State have a positive impression of the College and its diversity outreach efforts, according to a recent study.

College community invited to HSI meeting
Jul 9, 2008
The HSI Task Force plans how the next phase of the Hispanic Serving Institution Initiative should proceed.

HSI Update: Task Force develops 55 recommendations
Feb 6, 2008
The six subcommittees of the HSI Task Force have developed and voted on 55 recommendations of ways to achieve the federal HSI designation.


HSI Initiative: Task force presents 60 recommendations
Dec 5, 2007

HSI Task Force invites College community to presentations
November 7 , 2007
The public is invited and comments are encouraged at the Nov. 30 meeting of the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Task Force.
>Read more in This Week @Metro.

HSI Update: Task force members visit other HSIs, attend HACU Conference
November 7 , 2007
In October, small teams from Metro State’s HSI Task Force visited four HSI universities–three in California and one in Illinois–to glean ideas of best practices to attaining the HSI designation and truly serving the student population.
>Read more in This Week @Metro.

HSI Taskforce Slideshow
October 26, 2007
View pictures from the October 2007 HSI Full Taskforce meeting.


HSI Update: Which majors attract Latino students?
October 17 , 2007
HSI Task Force members Tat Sang So and Ellen Boswell recently completed a study of Latino students’ choices in majors, including the number of undeclared majors, over the last six years.
>Read more in This Week @Metro.


HSI Task Force accepting proposals through Oct. 8
October 3 , 2007
As part of its charge to provide recommendations to President Stephen Jordan by February 2008 on how to double Latino enrollment at Metro State, the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Task Force is soliciting proposals from the Metro State community for policies, programs or strategies toward achieving HSI status.
>Read more in This Week @Metro.


First Year Success formally established under co-directors Crownhart and Diaz Bonacquisti
September 26 , 2007
While more students transfer into Metro State than any other college in the state, more students leave the college each year as well.
>Read more in This Week @Metro.


Teacher Ed and Student Services receive $1.3 million grant to train paraprofessionals
August 1, 2007
Paraprofessionals in Denver Public Schools will train at Metro State to become teachers for English language learners, under a newly awarded $1.4 million five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition.
>Read more in This Week @Metro.


HSI Task Force gears up
July 25, 2007
The HSI Task Force has been named, steering committee co-chairs chosen and the members all charged by President Stephen Jordan with developing recommendations by February 2008 that outline how Metro State will attain the designation “Hispanic Serving Institution.”
>Read more in This Week @Metro.


College launches HSI initiative
April 25, 2007
Calling the goal bold and audacious, Metro State President Stephen Jordan officially launched the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) initiative Thursday morning, April 19.
>Read more in This Week @Metro.

College launches HSI initiative
April 19, 2007

Click to Watch Video
Dr. Jordan’s remarks [Word – 64k] | [PDF – 164k]

The Importance of Increasing Opportunities in Higher Education for Colorado’s Growing Latino Population [Power Point – 2.2 mb]

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Denver, CO 80204

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