In 2012, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) achieved designation from the Department of Education as a Title III & Title V Minority Serving Institution (MSI). In 2015, UNLV achieved designations as an Asian-American and Native-American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
Qualification for these designations requires that institutions meet specific primary indicators that include diversity of the student body by race and ethnicity and students qualifying for federal assistance under Federal Pell Grant, Federal College Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.
What does this mean for UNLV?
UNLV embraces and promotes the diversity of its students, and has demonstrated its commitment and support through its comprehensive academic and campus life programs and initiatives. The federal AANAPISI, HSI, and MSI designations affirm this work and entitle the university to compete for grants under Title III & Title V of the Higher Education Act.
In 2020, UNLV received its third Title III AANAPISI Part A grant that will serve more than 1,000 UNLV students (low-income, first-generation, and those who need academic support) over the five-year grant period. The goal of AANAPISI is to increase retention, persistence, and completion rates, and to expand UNLV’s capacity to offer web-based undergraduate courses in computer science. Key services include academic tutoring; counseling (i.e., academic; undergraduate financial-aid; career; and graduate/professional-school admissions and financial-aid); frequent, ongoing academic-progress monitoring; and financial-literacy instruction.
UNLV was awarded Nevada’s first Title III grant in 2015 (AANAPISI Part A) and received a second grant (AANAPISI Part F) in 2016. instruction. To learn more about the grant, visit The Center.