Number of U.S. Hispanic-Serving Colleges is On the Rise

There's some great news coming in today for Latinos from the world of higher education. NBC Latino reports that the number of colleges and universities recognized as Hispanic-Serving Institutions has increased from 311 in 2010-2011 to 356 in 2011-2012. The larget jump ever seen during a single year!

Data released by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the Excelencia in Education revealed that Hispanic-Serving Institutions represent 11 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide, and account for more than half of all Latino undergraduate enrollment.

Vice President of Policy and co-founder of Excelencia in Education Deborah Santiago insists that it is crucial to give these institutions "national attention," since nearly 54 percent of Latino undergraduates decide to enroll at these colleges and universities.

“Census data says Latino enrollment in college is the highest it’s ever been, but now it’s time to focus on the institutions they are attending, understand their reasons for attendance and focus on the quality of education they are receiving,” said Deborah.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions are concentrated mostly in California, New Mexico, Texas and Puerto Rico.