HSI Bulletin - Summer 2013

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Summer 2013

Congratulations to New Grantees!

The Department made the decision to fund down the FY 2012 slate, in lieu of holding a grant competition, due to the limited funding available in FY 2013.   The next eleven grants with the highest scores were selected for new awards:

Cooperative Development Grants:

Individual Development Grants:

The maximum award amount for Individual Development Grants in FY 2013 was $650,000 per year and the maximum award amount for Cooperative Development Grants was $775,000 per year.

Visit the HSI Division's website for more information.

Ralph Hines, Director of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division

From the Director

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Washington, DC, and from the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Division.  The last few months have provided me numerous opportunities to meet and greet many of you and to become better acquainted with the Hispanic-Serving Institutions community.  I met some of you for the first time at the spring Alliance of HSI Educators 2013 Best Practices Conference at New Jersey City University.  Although my time there was somewhat limited, the chance to engage in face-to-face dialogue and to become better acquainted with your concerns and how Title V/Title III, Part F funding assists your institutions in meeting the needs of Hispanic and other low-income students was very much appreciated. 

A few weeks later, the Department hosted for the first time a combined Higher Education Programs project directors’ meeting in Washington, DC.  I want to thank you again for coming and for contributing to the success of this gathering. This venue provided me and my Department colleagues a rare opportunity to meet project personnel en masse and to have dedicated conversations about your projects and other issues of mutual concern. You were also provided an opportunity to hear from a variety of Department leaders, national experts and other federal agency representatives.   Although no decision has been made for future omnibus meetings like this, I hope you found the information and opportunities for sharing beneficial. 

Over the last few months I have also held briefings with the leadership of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Excelencia in Education, and with the new executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Alejandra Ceja, and her staff.  I also attended a meeting of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.  All of these visits and interactions have helped to build important linkages and smooth the way for my entrance into the evolving arena of Hispanic higher education.   

This is a time of both challenge and opportunity as we continue to work toward meeting the President’s 2020 college completion goal and contribute to the capacities and success of the nation’s HSIs.  Although I am no stranger to the higher education community, having spent several decades administering a variety of national and international programs in the Department, the warm reception I have received as I embark on this new phase of my federal career is encouraging and humbly appreciated.  I look forward to partnering with you over the next several years to achieve the goal of increasing postsecondary success for Hispanic students and other low-income individuals.  

As always, please feel free to send us your suggestions and request for items that would interest you as a grantee or interested reader from the higher education community.  Please also feel free to forward this newsletter to colleagues.

Ralph Hines

SimLab at Luna Community College

Luna Community College Opens Simulation Lab

Luna Community College (NM) hosted an open house for its Allied Health Simulation Lab on May 21, 2013.  This activity is part of LCC’s Title V, Part A Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant.  The institution renovated existing simulation space to create a simulated hospital setting for students, bringing LCC into the 21st century with instructional technology. 

Dr. Edward Gomez, a vascular surgeon, who has appeared on CNN and ABC, served as the keynote speaker. New Mexico Governor, Susana Martinez along with Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

For more information about this grant, contact Lorraine Martinez, Title V Project Director, at lomartinez@luna.edu or (505) 454-5375



Federal Funding Sources

As the first article demonstrates, there are certain circumstances that hamper the Division's ability to hold a new grant competition.  Luckily, there are other funding sources within the federal government that your institution may want to pursue.  Here are some examples with links to more information about the programs:

  1.  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  2. National Science Foundation (NSF)
  3. U.S. Department of Energy
  4. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Funding opportunities are announced regularly through the Federal Register and Grants.gov

One-Minute Technical Assistance

I want to change some part of my project from the approved application.  Can I do this?

If you need to make changes to your approved project plan, the first step is to determine if the change you want to make requires prior approval from the program office. Many changes do not require prior approval. Part 74 of EDGAR gives grantees guidance regarding administrative changes to their grants. Changes that require prior approval include:

  • Change in the scope or the objective of the project or program;
  • Change in a key person specified in the application or award document; and
  • The absence for more than three months, or a 25 percent reduction in time devoted to the project, by the approved project director or principal investigator.

It is always prudent to consult with your program officer before changing any part of your approved application.

Sources: Grantmaking at ED and EDGAR

What We’re Reading*

Hispanic-Serving Institution Tally Increases 14.5 Percent

U.S. colleges and universities meeting the definition of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) jumped from 311 schools in 2010-11 to 356 in 2011-12...(Read more)

New Approaches to Promoting College Access for More Americans

Education has often served as a path to better economic outcomes and new evidence identifies promising ways to help lower-income students improve their educational opportunities. (Read more)

New Yardstick of Quality

There is a growing belief in higher education that if colleges don’t figure out how to measure the quality and value of their product, lawmakers will do it for them. Eighteen institutions are trying to get ahead of the growing accountability push with the release today of a new set of performance measures. (Read more)

*This is a new section in which we share some interesting articles pertaining to higher education.  The HSI Division nor the Department endorse any ideas or opinions set forth in the articles above.

Want to include a success story in the next HSI Bulletin or have ideas for future articles? Email Jeff Hartman.