A recently released report has recognized Loyola Marymount University (LMU) as one of a number of U.S. colleges and universities that are adapting their educational practices and policies to better serve the needs of Latino students.
The study, authored by the nonprofit organization Excelencia in Education with support from the TG Public Benefits Program, reveals that emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are enacting policies to better serve Latino students. The HSIs are institutions that enroll 15 to 24 percent or more undergraduate full-time equivalent Hispanic students.
“We can learn from these emerging colleges that are producing successful results,” said Deborah Santiago, report author and vice president for Policy and Research at Excelencia in Education. “As the number of college-going Hispanics and HSIs continues to grow, it’s important to understand what it means to serve Latino students well, and we can look to these colleges as models.”
The report offered several examples of how these emerging colleges and universities are showing a commitment to their Latino student population. Of the 176 schools surveyed, 55 percent reported that their institution had specific practices related to the recruitment of Latino students.
LMU’s practices to serve Latino students include targeted outreach and recruitment programs that engage both students and parents, an increased attention to recruiting community college transfer students, support services among peers, and attention to cultivating “inclusive excellence” in faculty, research, teaching, and student engagement, the report said.