Letter From ASU President Dr. Brian J. May
Becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution has allowed Angelo State University to apply for HSI grants funded through the Department of Education’s Title V and Title III programs, which are open to colleges and universities documenting a minimum 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. ASU reached that percentage in the fall of 2009, and subsequently received the HSI designation and applied for the institution’s initial Title V grant.
In the fall of 2010, Angelo State University was awarded an HSI grant for $629,968, the first installment of a five-year, $3,218,334 Title V grant scheduled to run through 2015. That was the largest Department of Education grant ever awarded ASU. Receiving the initial HSI designation qualified ASU to apply for other HSI grants as well.
The next fall, ASU in collaboration with the Howard County Junior College District received a second HSI grant, a $1,177,817 Title III award to increase the number of students, especially Hispanic and low-income students, completing degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
After a successful first year of funding, ASU and Howard College gained an additional $3,912,650 over the next four federal fiscal years, bringing the total grant to $5,090,467, split $3,168,957 for ASU and $1,921,510 for Howard.
The HSI grants have enabled ASU to address a variety of programmatic and facilities upgrades beneficial to all students at a time when state resources are declining. The HSI designation has resulted in additional federal resources to meet a variety of campus needs, including new tutoring programs and upgraded facilities. In the end, the HSI grants have benefitted all ASU students by enhancing the resources available to improve their educational experience.