HSI Bulletin - Fall 2012

The HSI Bulletin

U.S. Department of Education | Office of Postsecondary Education

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division | Fall 2012


From the Director

Greetings and welcome to the first Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division (HSI) e-newsletter!        

A new Fiscal Year has begun and as we look back on FY 2012, we are proud to share some of the HSI Division’s accomplishments:  for the first time in five years, we awarded non-competing continuation grants as early as March 2012; we conducted the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) grant competition in the spring and also made twenty awards in record time; we established a means of communication that is efficient and timely (if you haven’t already done so, please follow the Office of Postsecondary Education on Twitter @edpostsecondary and look for the HSI Bulletin every quarter. A Facebook page for our Division will also be available in the near future); and, we participated in symposia and conferences in San Antonio, Miami, Austin, New York City, and at the National Science Foundation, the National Academies, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.  In sum, we have been extremely busy and we look to FY 2013 with renewed energy and continued commitment to the constituency we serve.

With this HSI Bulletin, we will bring you important news and updates about our work as well as information about on-going grant projects that have received HSI-Division funding.  

Please join me in thanking the HSI staff for a successful year and in congratulating the FY 2012 DHSI awardees. 

Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D., Director 

Looking Ahead

While we do not have a budget for FY 2013 and in the event that we hold a competition this spring, we urge you to start thinking about the ways in which DHSI (Title V, Part A) funds can bolster your institution's mission, increase and expand access of Hispanic students and low-income individuals to postsecondary education, and address issues of college attainment and completion.

In that spirit, we encourage you to consider including allowable activities that strengthen comprehensive internationalization on campus in future grant applications.  Such endeavors may include curriculum and professional development in foreign languages and cultures, international business curricula and entrepreneurship studies, transnational and area studies, as well as expanding infrastructure of language labs and other necessary technologies. 

The Division will be hosting several informational sessions about the grant application process on the following dates.  Upcoming dates include:

  • 12/13/2012, 2 PM EST
  • 1/17/2013, 2 PM EST

We are working on scheduling additional webinars this month. Please visit the HSI Division website for the full webinar schedule.


CUNY Symposium

Grantee Spotlight

City University of New York (CUNY) celebrated a decade of STEM research this summer during its Annual CUNY Summer STEM Research Symposium. A number of City College of New York STEM programs were showcased, including two projects supported by the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division under the Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) and HSI STEM and Articulation programs, Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability (ESES) Graduate Initiative and the Alliance for the Continuous Learning Environments in STEM (CILES)

The event brought together over 245 attendees, most of which were summer program student participants, faculty mentors, along with a panel of guest speakers including Louisa Koch, M.S., Director of Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum, Director of the HSI Division, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Mary Lee S. Ledbetter, Program Director, Directorate of Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation (NSF); Dr. Lenell Allen, the National Project Manager of NASA CIPAIR; and Dr. Leland D. Melvin, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education.

Designation of Eligibility

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division (HSI), in collaboration with the Strengthening Institutions Division (SID), is offering informational webinars addressing the necessary procedures to follow when applying for Designation of Eligibility.

Webinars will be held on:

  • November 14, 2012
  • December 11, 2012

All webinars are scheduled to begin at 2 PM EST.  For more information click here.

Staff Out-and-About

Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum and Dr. Maria Carrington presented at the 2012 HACU Conference in Washington, DC.

Dr. Feigenbaum's HACU presentations:

  1. Promoting College Achievement and Completion through International Education and Study Abroad. 
  2. Federal Funding Opportunities for Teaching, Research, and Outreach

Dr. Carrington's HACU presentation:

  1. Title V-B: Fundamentally Enhancing Graduation Education Experiences & Success for Latinos

Additionally, HSI program officers have been attending events in the DC area to expand their knowledge of the issues, policies, and trends affecting higher education institutions.  Some recent events include:

Promoting Attainment & Achievment in K-12 | The Hamilton Project

The Effects of Racial Profiling in Higher Education | Brookings Institution

Data Analytics and Web Dashboards in the Classroom | Brookings Institution

Impact of School Vouchers on College Enrollment | Brookings Institution

Summer STEM Research Symposium | City University of New York

Technologies in Education Forum | The Atlantic Magazine

AHSIE Best Practices Conference | University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio