Title V Grant

Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions - HSI

Adams State University, a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, qualifies to compete and receive grants funding under the Title V Programs.The U.S. Department of education defines Hispanic Serving Institutes of Higher education having an enrollment of undergraduate full-time students of at least 25 percent. Adams State's current Hispanic enrollment is at 32 percent, (Title V ISES grant).

The Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Program of the U.S. Department of Education, HSI Division, assists with strengthening institutional programs, facilities, and services to expand the educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations. Visit the Web sites for additional information. In particular, visit the Title V Program Statute for legislation about Title V.

Title V Institutional Grant ISES

On October 2010, Adams State was awarded a $3.18 million Title V grant, to improve student engagement and success. This is the third Title V grant Adams State has been awarded over the last decade. Designed to strengthen Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), the new grant will run for five years.

The plan is to address three significant areas: the need to consolidate and expand our student services, a need for a comprehensive faculty and staff development program, and the need to keep up with rapidly-evolving instructional technology. Hispanic Serving Institution is a federal designation for colleges and universities that enroll a minimum of 25 percent Hispanic students. Title V aids HSIs in expanding educational opportunities for and success of Hispanic students. The grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

Title V PPOHA Grant

A five-year grant of $2,838,865 was awarded to help Adams State expand education opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students. It was awarded by the Department of Education's Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA), a Title V program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's). HSI is a federal designation for colleges and universities with more than 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. The grant amount for the first year is $574,327.

To improve the four-year master's degree attainment rate - now at 50 percent - for Hispanic and low-income students by 15% over the grant period, the project will create a Graduate Support Center (GSC) that will offer students on-campus and online support services. These will include

  • Academic and professional skill-building workshop
  • A team of Alumni Mentors
  • Access to streamlined university processes
  • Incentive stipends and graduate assistant-ships to support academic success

Faculty and staff learning communities will also be created for professional development and best practice sharing.

Title V STEM Grant

On October 2011, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Adams State a $3.6 million grant from the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

The five-year grant will fund several initiatives to help more Hispanic and low-income students earn a STEM degree.

Adams State is the central STEM resource in the vast, rural region of southern Colorado and we are pleased to be able to offer these outreach opportunities in STEM to SLV schools.

In addition to these outreach opportunities, ASU hosts a Summer STEM Academy for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.

Selected participants will have an opportunity to spend two weeks at ASU where they will not only experience dorm life, but will also interact with ASU STEM faculty who will expose them to science, math, and technology in exciting, hands-on ways at the college level.

Title V Cooperative Grant

Adams State cooperates with UNM-Taos & NM Highlands Title V for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's) awarded $3,196,636 over five years for a cooperative project led by University of New Mexico-Taos, "UNIDOS: Building Pathways to Access and Opportunity for the Upper Rio Grande Region." New Mexico Highlands University is the third partner in the project; all three are HSIs.

The Title V Project will build upon the strengths of all three HSI's to address barriers of geography, distance, and under-funded K-16 educational systems - all of which prevent the region's communities and residents from accessing quality postsecondary opportunities.

The goals are to:

  • Increase enrollment and success of Hispanics and other students at all three institutions.
  • Increase in the number of distance education courses (online and ITV) available to students across northern New Mexico.
  • Improve faculty capacity to develop distance education courses and teach effectively in distance modes.
 Adams State will receive $841,470, divided fairly equally over the grant period. The grant will fund a full-time designer/trainer in distance pedagogy, a new lecture capture system and other distance technology upgrades, professional development for faculty in distance pedagogy, online degree development, and other collaborative efforts. Inter-library loan and other digital library services will also be improved.