The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) applied for and achieved designation from the Department of Education as a Title III & Title V -Minority Serving Institution (MSI) in December of 2012. In order to qualify for this designation, institutions must 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. Officially UNLV meets the requirements as an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
What does this mean for UNLV? We can now compete for new grants under Title III & Title V but in order to be competitive, we must be able to show institutional commitment and support for these student populations.
There will be 4 conversations held through February and March to ensure that campus stakeholders are engaged and provide input into the development of the strategic plan to support MSI implementation and sustainability. The conversations are as follows:
Date Targeted Group Location Time
Friday February 22 Faculty/Staff with MSI experience BEH 241 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Thursday March 7 Faculty/Staff BHS 134 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Friday March 15 Students BEH 241 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Friday March 22 Faculty/Staff SEB 1243 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Minority Serving Institutions: "those institutions created for or that enroll large percentages of African-American, Latino or Native American students" (Gasman, 2008). For UNLV this will include Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI): Most recently, those institutions serving a large population of Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) have also been designated as Minority Serving Institutions. The definition of these populations according to Section 320b of the amended Higher Education Act of 1965 is: ?‘‘(2) ASIAN AMERICAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER-SERVING INSTITUTION. —The term ‘Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution’ means an institution of higher education that— ?‘‘(A) is an eligible institution under section 312(b); and ?‘‘(B) at the time of application, has an enrollment of undergraduate students that is not less than 10 percent students who are Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander. (Ed.gov, 2011)
Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI): "The Higher Education Act, 20 USCA Section 1101a defines a Hispanic-serving institution as an institution of higher education that (a) is an eligible institution; (b) at the time of application, has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students; and (c) provides assurances that not less than 50 percent of the institution's Hispanic students are low-income individuals" (IPEDS, 2011).
UNLV is currently one of the most racially and ethnically diverse campuses in this country. As of the fall semester 2012, UNLV’s undergraduate student body was 59.7% racial and ethnic minority, and 40.3% white. Our graduate student body was 42.5% racial and ethnic minority, and 57.5% white. UNLV’s total student body was 56.9% racial and ethnic minority, and 43.1% white. Our campus has experienced consistent growth in diversity over the last several years. In the previous year, fall semester of 2011, UNLV was 54.5% racial and ethnic minority, and 45.5% white. In the fall semester of 2010 UNLV was 52.5% racial and ethnic minority and 47.5% white. (IAP/IPEDS)
These campus conversations are brought to you by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity Initiatives.