Hispanic Serving Institution Month

Adams State University (ASU), a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), qualifies to compete and receive Title V grant funding under the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division.

HSIs are designated by the U.S. Department of Education through criteria defined as an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic. ASU meets this criteria by serving over 3,300 full-time undergraduate students annually of which 47 percent are ethnic and racial minorities of which 32 percent are Hispanic.

ASU has received several Title V awards over the past 17 years, including both Individual and Cooperative grants partnering with Otero Junior College, Trinidad State Junior College, University of New Mexico – Taos Branch, and University of New Mexico Highlands. Through extensive needs analysis, ASU and its’ institutional partners have developed and have concurrently been awarded (4) five-year comprehensive plans (grants) to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic and low-income students.

Following are the ASU concurrent grant titles, implementation date, and objectives:

Conexiones Grant


Connecting the Next Generation to Career Pathways (Individual)

  • Improve student success rates in developmental and gateway math courses to support pathways to graduation and STEM degrees.
  • Integrate Appreciative and Career Advising by incorporating appreciative advising strategies and alignment with career pathways to improve persistence, time to degree completion, and graduation rates.
  • Build Capacity for New Student Engagement Strategies by increasing the focus of campus and professional development infrastructure and programming on inclusion and equity, learning, and faculty innovations supportive of student success to better serve low-income and Hispanic students.

Caminos Grant


Increasing Access to Education and Opportunity in the Upper Rio Grande Region (Cooperative-ASU Lead)

  • Increase regional access to bachelor degrees through collaborations to expand curricula and cooperative online degree programs.
  • Increase access to academic support services for distance students and add a system of progress monitoring to improve persistence and degree completion rates.
  • Improve delivery infrastructure and increase access to resources to support student success in new distance degree programs.

Unidos Grant


Building Pathways to Access and Opportunity for the Upper Rio Grande Region (Cooperative-UNM-Taos Lead)

  • 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.



Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) (Individual)

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

How does the Office of Title V Initiatives expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students?

The Office of Title V Initiatives is an interdisciplinary team who have the skills and knowledge to implement the goals and objectives of the four concurrent Title V grants effectively to serve our Hispanic and low-income students. The Office of Title V Initiatives is continually engaged in planning and assessment of activities as a result of strategic planning efforts. The following initiatives are instrumental to the overall attainment of each projects’ effectiveness:


Increasing Advising and Career Services Offerings

  • Degree Works
  • My Majors Software
  • Appreciative Advising Model
  • AdvisorTrac Software

Exploring a New Remedial Math Placement Model

  • ALEKS Software
  • Remedial Math Coordinator
  • Supplemental Instruction

Providing Professional Development

  • Faculty & Staff Mentoring Program
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Pathways GenEd Redesign
  • Research and Engagement Grants
  • Campus Advisory Group


  • Biannual Cooperative Faculty Distance Course Development
  • Cultural Competency Course
  • Great Stories Online Orientation
  • Online Writing Studio
  • Pre-baccalaureate Initiative


  • Dedicated workspaces and meeting spaces at East Campus
  • Laptops for checkout
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Graduate Student Orientation
  • Graduate Student Workshops
  • Higher Education Hot Topics Program Series
  1. Impact of Graduate Education
  2. Graduate Student Success Chronicles
  3. Celebrating Self Care – ASU Wellness Week
  • Office of Graduate Studies Initiative
  • Peer mentoring
  • Scholarships


Improving Information Technology (IT) Systems

  • Implementing ECHO 360
  • Providing an eLearning Guild Membership
  • Providing access to a Quality Matters (QM) Subscription
  • Providing Zoom capabilities
  • Providing AITC Support

Improving Distant Education Programs

  • Rapid ILL (Interlibrary Loan)
  • NetTutor
  • Implementing Invoke software
  • Articulation Agreements
  • Improving Coordination and Student Referral Systems
  • Improving Early Warning System
  • Improving Academic Support Services (Online and In-Person formats)

Providing Professional Development for Faculty and Staff

  • Unidos Equity Retreat
  • Cultural Competency Course
  • Providing Equity Engagement Grants