FAQs

Center on Minority Serving Institutions Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What is the Center on Minority Serving Institutions at Penn?

The Center on Minority Serving Institutions at Penn serves as a repository for research, data, best practices, emerging innovations and ideas on and within MSIs. With support from our sponsors, the Center on MSIs supports funders, researchers, policymakers, MSIs and scholars to promote the strengths and address challenges facing these institutions.

What are the goals of the Center?

The goals of the Center on MSIs are:

To foster understanding by:

  • Increasing rigorous scholarship on MSIs
  • Informing administrative, instructional and philanthropic practices at MSIs

To raise awareness by:

  • Elevating the educational contributions of MSIs, ensuring their participation in national conversations
  • Advancing effective policies that have a positive impact on strengthening MSIs, the development and support of their students and faculty, and the quality of the elementary and secondary schools within their communities
  • Bolstering the efforts of MSIs to close educational achievement gaps and assessment performance of disadvantaged communities

To build connections by:

  • Connecting MSI academic and administrative leadership to leading reform and improvement organizations and initiatives in the United States
  • Bringing together MSIs around their common interests, strengths, and challenges to increase efficiency and optimize resources
  • Ensuring that the academic program offerings of MSIs are connected with the leading innovations in higher education

What are some examples of the work that the Center on MSIs is undertaking?

Here is an example of the wotk that the Center is undertaking.

I work at a Minority Serving Institution. How can my college or university become involved in the work in the Center on MSIs?

Just reach out to the Center by emailing the director at mgasman@upenn.edu.  

How can I learn more about Minority Serving Institutions and the Center on MSIs?

For regular updates about research, events and updates from the Center on MSIs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@CenterforMSIs) and Instagram (@CenterforMSIs). 

 


Minority Serving Institutions Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

AANAPISI

What is an AANAPISI?  What is the purpose of the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program?

An AANAPISI is an institution that receives federal discretionary funding to improve and expand their capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income students. At these colleges and universities, undergraduate students that identify as Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander make up at least 10 percent of total enrollment.

What are some examples of projects that AANAPISIs have funded with program funds?

Funds may be used for activities including: 

  1. Scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching
  2. Construction or renovation of instructional facilities
  3. Faculty development
  4. Purchase of educational materials
  5. Academic tutoring or counseling programs
  6. Funds and administrative management
  7. Joint use of facilities
  8. Endowment funds
  9. Distance learning academic instruction
  10. Teacher education
  11. Student support services

Where can I find more information about the AANAPISI program?

Information on eligibility, applying, guidelines and a list of current AANAPISIs can be found here


HBCU

What is an HBCU? What role do HBCUs play in higher education?

HBCUs are colleges and universities founded before 1964 and were originally intended to provide higher education to African American communities. There are 105 HBCUs in 20 states, District of Columbia & U.S. Virgin Islands and though they represent less than 3 percent of all colleges and universities, they are responsible for awarding 18 percent of all degrees earned by Black undergraduates.

Who attends HBCUs today?

Although their enrollments are becoming more diverse, the vast majority of HBCUs continue to be predominantly Black institutions:

  • Black students are more than 90 percent of the enrollments at 47 HBCUs 
  • Black students are more than 75 percent of the enrollments at 80 HBCUs 
  • Black students are in the minority at only 7 HBCUs 

Source: http://hbcu-levers.blogspot.com/ 

Where can I find more information about HBCUs?

Information on federal support of HBCUs, a list of HBCUs and government agencies funding HBCUs can be found here


HSI

What is an HSI?  What is the purpose of the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program?

An HSI is an institution that receives federal discretionary funding to improve and expand their capacity to serve Hispanic and low-income students. At these colleges and universities, undergraduate students that identify as Hispanic make up at least 25 percent of total enrollment.

What are some examples of projects that HSIs have funded with program funds?

  1. Funds may be used for activities including: 
  2. Scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching
  3. Construction or renovation of instructional facilities
  4. Faculty development
  5. Purchase of educational materials
  6. Academic tutoring or counseling programs
  7. Funds and administrative management
  8. Joint use of facilities
  9. Endowment funds
  10. Distance learning academic instruction
  11. Teacher education
  12. Student support services

Where can I find more information about the HSI program?

Information on eligibility, applying, guidelines and a list of current HSIs can be found here.


TCU

What is a TCU? What is the purpose of the Tribal Colleges and Universities program?

TCUs are colleges and universities associated with American Indian and Native Alaskan tribes. There are 32 fully accredited TCUs and most are public institutions located in rural areas in the Midwest and southwest. The federal government provides grants and related assistance to Tribal Colleges and Universities to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve American Indian and Native Alaskan students.

What role do TCUs play in tribal communities?

TCUs foster American Indian culture, languages, and traditions by creating a strong community that promotes these values and serve a variety of people, from young adults to senior citizens, American Indians and non-American Indians. In addition to education, TCUs also serve as community resources for social services.

Where can I find more information about TCUs?

Information on eligibility, applying, resources and a list of current TCUs can be found here