Office of Title V Initiatives

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. Title V grants enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability. Visit the Web sites for additional information. In particular, visit the Title V Program Statute for legislation about Title V.

Title V Conexiones Institutional Grant, 2015-2020

The Title V Conexiones project builds ASU's commitment to embrace change through the innovative and intellectual energy of its dedicated faculty and staff. To increase enrollment, persistence, and timely degree attainment by high-need students, the project focuses on three strategic project goals that create new connections for students academically, personally, and professionally to support timely progress through college:

  • 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.

Title V Caminos Cooperative Grant, 2015-2020

The Caminos grant addresses mutual challenges ASU and UNM-Taos face, and the struggles of many potential students to attain a bachelor’s degree. ASU and UNM-Taos have forged a new partnership to bring a college education to these potential students in their communities through online instruction and academic support systems to promote persistence and degree completion.

By sharing resources and through joint capacity building and curriculum development, the partners increasing degree attainment far beyond what each institution could accomplish on its own. The three goals of this cooperative project are:

  • 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.

Title V PPOHA Grant, 2014-2019

Adams State University was awarded a five-year grant to promote and expand Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA), a Title V program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's).

The Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA), award focuses on improving the four-year master's degree attainment rate for Hispanic and low-income students by 15% over the grant period. Faculty and staff learning communities will be created for professional development and best practice sharing. The project will also create a Graduate Support Center (GSC) that will offer students on-campus and online support services. Services 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

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Title V Unidos Cooperative Grant, 2014-2019

Adams State University has partnered with UNM – Taos and New Mexico Highlands on a newly awarded Title V Cooperative Grant: "UNIDOS: Building Pathways to Access and Opportunity for the Upper Rio Grande Region." The grant period of performance is 1 October 2014 – 30 September 2019 and has a total value of $3,196,636.

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.

Title V STEM Grant, 2011-2016

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.