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Becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution

The Progress and Future Direction of MSU Denver’s HSI Initiative

In 2007, MSU Denver launched its HSI Initiative and convened a task force to identify strategies to

  1. increase Hispanic FTE enrollment to 25 percent by 2018
  2. support Hispanic students’ educational success through degree attainment 

Over the past nine years, Hispanic FTE enrollment has risen steadily, from a starting point of 12.5 percent to 20.3 percent as of fall 2015. But reaching the 25 percent mark over the next three years still stood a real challenge, one former MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan was devoted to take on. In June 2015, Dr. Jordan instituted a new HSI Task Force to take the University “over the finish line.” The new task force was charged with studying the existing landscape, identifying MSU Denver programs and services that support currently enrolled Hispanic students, and recommending specific strategies and investments to increase Hispanic FTE enrollment to 25 percent by 2018.

The task force began by forming three working groups, one focused on the preK-12 pipeline, including recent high school graduates; a second focused on transfers from community colleges, adult students, and military veterans; and the third focused on retention of current students.

The resulting report, Connecting the Dots, reviewed the findings of the working groups and concluded with a set of recommended strategies, investments, and policies – 21 in all – aimed at meeting the federal requirements for HSI designation by Fall 2018. The recommendations are grouped into five categories:

  • Institutional infrastructure
  • Outreach to PreK-12 schools
  • Transfer and enrollment policies
  • Financial aid
  • Advocacy and policy development


"We Are HSI" is an interactive art exhibit that represents MSU Denver's multifaceted diversity.

(Created in conjunction with the Community Based Art Designed Class)  


The work continues.

One year after convening the 2015 HSI Task Force, a team made up of a cross-section of the university is implementing the recommendations. HSI updates will be posted on this website.

If you have questions or need more information about MSU Denver’s HSI Initiative, please contact:

Angela R. Marquez, Ph D
Special Assistant to the President, Hispanic-Serving Institution

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