1st Edition

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Advancing Research and Transformative Practice

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    Despite the increasing numbers of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and their importance in serving students who have historically been underserved in higher education, limited research has addressed the meaning of the growth of these institutions and its implications for higher education. Hispanic-Serving Institutions fills a critical gap in understanding the organizational behavior of institutions that serve large numbers of low-income, first-generation, and Latina/o students. Leading scholars on HSIs contribute chapters to this volume, exploring a wide array of topics, data sources, conceptual frameworks, and methodologies to examine HSIs’ institutional environments and organizational behavior. This cutting-edge volume explores how institutions can better serve their students and illustrates HSIs’ changing organizational dynamics, potentials, and contributions to American higher education.

    Foreword by Michael Olivas

    Chapter 1. Why Study Hispanic-Serving Institutions?

    Anne-Marie Núñez, Sylvia Hurtado, and Emily Calderón Galdeano


    Chapter 2. Realizing the Potential of Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Multiple Dimensions of Organizational Transformation

    Sylvia Hurtado and Adriana Ruiz Alvarado

    Chapter 3. Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges and Their Role in Hispanic Transfer

    Anne-Marie Núñez, Gloria Crisp, and Diane Elizondo

    Chapter 4. Institutional Diversity Among Four-Year Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Anne-Marie Núñez and Diane Elizondo

    Chapter 5. Using Organizational Theory to Study Hispanic-Serving Institutions: An Imperative Research Agenda

    Gina A. García


    Chapter 6. Latina/o Student Characteristics and Outcomes at Four-Year Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Emerging HSIs, and Non-HSIs

    Marcela Cuellar

    Chapter 7. The Horizon of Possibilities: How Faculty in Hispanic-Serving Institutions can Reshape the Production and Legitimization of Knowledge within Academia

    Leslie D. Gonzales

    Chapter 8. Enacting Leadership at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Laura J. Cortez


    Chapter 9. Examining the Financial Resilience of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Noe Ortega, Joanna Frye, Christopher J. Nellum, Aurora Kamimura, and Angela Vidal-Rodríguez

    Chapter 10. Organizational Learning for Student Success: Cross-Institutional Mentoring, Transformative Practice, and Collaboration among Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Sylvia Hurtado, René González, and Emily Calderón Galdeano

    Chapter 11. Do Hispanic-Serving Institutions Really Underperform? Using Propensity Score Matching to Compare Outcomes of Hispanic-Serving and non-Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Awilda Rodríguez and Emily Calderón Galdeano


    Anne-Marie Núñez is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Higher Education program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    Sylvia Hurtado is Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Emily Calderón Galdeano is Director of Research for Excelencia in Education and formerly served as the Director of Research and Information for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

    "This book comes at a critical time for the future of higher education. As more and more colleges and universities become Hispanic-Serving Institutions, it is important for the higher education community to understand this new majority and provide an environment that will result in student success. This book provides examples of the organizational behavior of successful Hispanic-Serving Institutions and is a must-read for all in education."

    -- Mildred García, President, California State University, Fullerton

    "With the growing Latino population in higher education, this important and compelling book is essential reading for anyone interested in serving our nation’s growing and diverse student population.  It is well researched, forward thinking, and links research to practice."

    —Marybeth Gasman, Professor of Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania

    "Hispanic-Serving Institutions is a cutting-edge examination of the issues and challenges facing these institutions of higher education. As such, it serves not only as a foundational primer for the uninitiated but most importantly as an essential referent for scholars and institutional leaders."

    -- Arturo Madrid, Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Trinity University

    "Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice fills a void in the higher education literature. HSIs are as important as other minority-serving institutions in their contributions to students’ academic and personal success. As such, administrators, faculty, and staff at HSIs and non-HSIs would benefit greatly from this text as it may assist in their work and professional development specifically focusing on this institutional type."

    -- Journal of College Student Development, Volume 57, Number 2, March 2016