While we remain fully dedicated to educating a diverse workforce of future leaders, we are no longer considered a HSI because of a slight enrollment dip among our Hispanic students in fall 2020, caused in large part by the pandemic. The DoEd uses a complex and rigorous formula to determine this official status, and Latinx student enrollment numbers at CU Denver | Anschutz (calculated jointly) were 24.8% -- just below the federally mandated HSI threshold of 25%.
The situation is similar for our Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) federal designation, which calls for an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 10% Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander. Our AANAPI student population is currently about 9.9%.
This change in federal designation status means that our faculty and researchers will not be eligible for HSI-designated grants in fiscal year 2022 (Oct. 1, 2022 – Sept. 30, 2023). If we regrow our enrollment for fall 2022 to the federal eligibility mark of 25%, we could receive federal designation as an HSI as early as fiscal year.
Despite this change in designation, CU Denver | Anschutz remains committed to ensuring both of our campuses are culturally responsive and inclusive to Latinx and all underrepresented students, staff and faculty, as well as our surrounding communities. We are working diligently to earn back our HSI and AANAPISI status by enhancing our enrollment through focused retention and recruitment strategies.
If you have questions about our eligibility for a broader MSI grant, please contact Terry Hughes, DEI grant director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will contact the sponsoring agency or funder to learn which method they use to determine eligibility.
We appreciate your patience and support as we work through these changes. For more information about our current and near-future status as an MSI, please see a list of FAQs.