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:

PPOHA Expanding Access

door open revealing a grass field with a single treeColorado is faced with a severe shortage of teachers, especially in rural areas, as well as low numbers of teachers, school administrators, and college leaders of Hispanic ethnicity. To address these gaps and provide new opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students to access careers in education, Adams State University will improve pathways to post-baccalaureate teacher licensure, supplementary credentials, and advanced degrees in education and higher education administration.

Adams State University is Colorado’s premier four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution. To improve the 4-year master’s degree attainment rate for Hispanic and low-income students, Adams State’s PPOHA EA project focuses on 3 strategic goals that also address Colorado’s deficit of highly qualified and diverse teachers and educational leaders.

Goal 1 | Expand Teacher Education and Higher Education Administration Graduate Programs to Meet Rural Education Needs

  • Develop Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) teacher endorsement and professional development programs to meet State of Colorado requirements;
  • Integrate cultural competency standards across programs;
  • Expand the Educational Leadership/Principal Licensure program, increase the proportion of Hispanic candidates;
  • Rebuild ASU’s post-baccalaureate education programs to increase the number of certified teachers with advanced credentials and provide alternate paths to licensure;
  • Strengthen and expand the Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) program;
  • Develop a doctoral program in educational leadership to diversify school and postsecondary senior leadership.

Goal 2 | Provide Outreach and Support for Graduate Students

  • Expand program outreach across rural/underserved areas;
  • Scholarships for historically underserved graduate students;
  • Access to financial wellness and college financing tools;
  • Program-specific orientations;
  • Establish a sustainable mentorship model for TED and leadership master’s programs;
  • Expand electronic library resources for graduate research.

Goal 3 | Build Capacity for Graduate Program Development and Improved Services to Diverse Students

  • Faculty and staff learning communities build on best practice professional development and cultural competency to improve online graduate instruction;
  • Online orientations and an equity institute prepare faculty for meeting diverse students’ needs and reinforce connections to ASU’s mission and community.

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