UT Arlington is now officially a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), making it the highest-profile public research university in North Texas to receive the designation and one of about 300 nationally.
Awarded by the Department of Education, the HSI recognition makes the University eligible for federal grants supporting institutions with large numbers of Hispanic students.
“This designation is aligned with the mission of our University, which is to be an internationally recognized research university distinguished by excellence in every regard and by the access we provide to students from all backgrounds,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “It builds on the tremendous diversity, talent, and dedication of our faculty members and will help us provide appropriate levels of support to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to excel in all aspects of their academic careers.”
To receive HSI status, a university’s full-time undergraduate enrollment must be at least 25 percent Hispanic. While qualifying institutions do not receive direct awards, they do become eligible for funding from programs aimed at promoting academic success, and not only for Hispanic students. For the 2014 fiscal year, the total appropriation for the federal HSI program exceeded $100 million.
Robert Estrada, a University Advisory Council member and former UT System regent, calls the designation a critical step toward providing greater resources and opportunities for all students.
“This is a clear reflection of the changing demographics of the North Texas region, and I am proud to see UT Arlington pursuing available resources to serve its diverse student population,” he says. “Diversity is part of what makes UTA the world-class institution it is, and its students and faculty are worthy of additional federal support.”