The Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Program taps into the talents of students and faculty attending our nation's MSIs with the hopes of fulfilling the Department's mission and objectives. To accomplish this mission, we need the best and brightest individuals to work at and partner with the Department. The Department is proud to work with MSI partners through in-kind services, volunteerism, diverse hiring, grants and contacts.
MSIs are institutions of higher education that serve minority populations. They are unique both in their missions and in their day-to-day operations. Some of these colleges and universities are located in remote regions of the country, whereas others serve urban neighborhoods. Some are only a few decades old, whereas others, have been striving for more than a century to give their constituents the social and educational skills needed to overcome racial discrimination and limited economic opportunities.
Through Presidential Executive Orders and special legislation enacted over the past 20 years, MSIs have accessed Department funds and leveraged other Departmental resources on behalf of their students and communities. These opportunities for MSIs are a direct result of the efforts of our office and our programs. You can access the U.S. Department of Education's list of postsecondary institutions enrolling populations with significant undergraduate minority students.
HBCUs include 91 four-year and 17 two-year institutions of higher education established prior to 1964, for the primary purpose of educating African-Americans. The majority of the 102 HBCUs are located in the Southeastern states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.HBCUs comprise 3% of America's institutions of higher education, yet enroll 16% of all African-American students in higher education and award 24% of all baccalaureate degrees earned by African-Americans nationwide.
HSIs are accredited, post-secondary, higher educational institutions with at least 25% total full-time enrollment of Hispanic undergraduate students. HSIs included four-year and two-year, public and private educational institutions. HSIs enroll 40% of all Hispanic-American students of higher education. There are 274 institutions of higher education defined as HSIs using the criteria defined by the White House Initiative and the Department of Education. Visit the Department of Education's White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics page to learn more.
The first TCU was created on a remote reservation community on the Navajo Nation. They now exist throughout Native Country. The 35 public and private higher educational institutions provide a response to the higher education needs of American Indians, and generally serve geographically-isolated populations that have no other means of accessing education beyond the high school level. TCUs have become increasingly important to educational opportunity for Native American students, an importance they have achieved in a relatively brief period of time.
The AAPI community is one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. Projections indicate that by 2050 this population will double in size. As a result, the education of AAPIs will be critical in achieving the educational goals of the US.
Executive Order 13515 – Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs
Please note that the Department is not limited to only working through its partnership agreements but also works with individual minority serving institutions to provide program objectives.