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.
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.
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).
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.
Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum and Dr. Maria Carrington presented at the 2012 HACU Conference in Washington, DC.
Dr. Feigenbaum's HACU presentations:
- Promoting College Achievement and Completion through International Education and Study Abroad.
- Federal Funding Opportunities for Teaching, Research, and Outreach
Dr. Carrington's HACU presentation:
- 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