Title-V Graduate Programs
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Title V of the Higher Education Act (HEA) is a federally funded grant program, created in 1998 to assist certain colleges and universities in improving the higher education of Hispanic students in the United States. It is also known as the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, being directed towards what are designated as Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).
The United States Higher Education Act of 1965 was signed into law on November 8, 1965. The law was intended "to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary and higher education".
The research that led to the creation of Title V found that HSIs provided a significant proportion of postsecondary opportunities for Hispanic students, whilst receiving less in State and local funding per student than other institutions of higher education. This was found to be limiting their ability to expand and improve programs and institutional strength. HSIs were defined as those with low education and general expenditures, and 25 percent or more full-time equivalent undergraduate Hispanic students of whom 50 percent or more were low-income.
Provisions of Title V
Title V funding was granted to higher educational institutions to enable them to improve and expand their provision for Hispanic students and other low-income students. Such activities could include the renovation of instructional facilities, faculty development, the purchase of scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching, financial and administrative management, development and improvement of academic programs, joint use of facilities, academic tutoring, counseling programs, and student support services. Grants covered a period of up to 5 years.
Title V expansion
In 2009 Title V was expanded. For the first time it provided funding for graduate programs of HSIs in its new "Part B" section ("Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans"). The stated purposes were to expand postbaccalaureate educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students; and to expand and improve postbaccalaureate academic programs in those institutions of higher education that were educating large numbers of Hispanic and low-income students.
- "Title V: Laws, Regulations, and Guidance". UC Davis: Division of Student Affairs.
- The Higher Education Act[dead link]
- Improving opportunities strategies from the Secretary of Education for Hispanic and limited English proficient students: a response to the Hispanic Dropout Project. DIANE Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4289-2731-5.
- East Los Angeles College Foundation: Programs and Projects[dead link]
- Low-Income and Minority Serving Institutions: Education Has Taken Steps to Improve Monitoring and Assistance, but Further Progress Is Needed. U.S. Government Accountability Office. 2007. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4223-9690-2.
- Edward P. St. John; Nathan Daun-Barnett; Karen M. Moronski-Chapman (2013). Public Policy and Higher Education: Reframing Strategies for Preparation, Access, and College Success. Routledge. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-415-89356-5.
- Title V—Developing Institutions: Sec. 501: Authorized Activities, reproduced by National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
- Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program - Title V, U.S. Department of Education