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September 17, 2018

HACU proposes a PK-12 and Higher Ed Collaboration initiative for federal grant funding consideration

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has proposed a legislative initiative, titled the PK-12 and Higher Ed Collaboration, that would create a new Part C under Title V of the Higher Education Act for a grant program to support partnerships and collaboration between Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Hispanic-Serving School Districts (HSSDs) that educate the majority of Hispanic students.

The changing demographics in elementary and secondary schools in the U.S., in addition to fueling the rapid growth of HSIs, also present new opportunities to address lingering achievement gaps between White and Hispanic students. For example, while progress has been made in high school completion and college matriculation rates, Hispanics still lag non-Hispanic whites in education attainment. Too many Hispanic students still have little or no exposure to higher education opportunities during their early school years. Similarly, while more Hispanics than ever are going to college, less than half of them earn a bachelor’s degree. For too many low-income, first generation students, including Hispanics, the preparation provided by their earlier education experience is inadequate for success in a postsecondary environment. In order to address these concerns, HACU has embarked on a new initiative to maximize the combined power of the K-12 and the higher education systems. The proposed new program would support consistent and meaningful collaboration between the two systems.

HACU has been working with members of Congress to introduce a new part under the HSI Title V of the Higher Education Act. The new legislation would create a grant program to encourage and support enhanced collaboration between HSIs and Hispanic-Serving School Districts and assure a more seamless educational pipeline for the students.

Through its Advocacy Center, HACU has launched a PK-12 and Higher Ed Collaboration web page with a map showing the national footprint of HSIs and HSSDs. Click here for more information.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will offer a free webinar on September 21, 2018, from 12:00 - 1:15 PM CST. This webinar is part of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week event and will include a question and answer period.