Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

cmsiA new report from the Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania, documents the valuable role played in the education of minorities by two-year historically Black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges, and colleges that serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

These institutions “linger in the shadows of American higher education research,” according to the report. There are 248 two-year institutions eligible for the designation of minority serving institution (MSIs). These institutions make up 22 percent of the 1,132 community colleges nationwide.

The authors present a wealth of statistics on these institutions and their enrollments. They conclude that minority-serving institutions “are essential, in that they serve students who often face myriad academic, financial, political, and personal challenges. Two-year MSIs are poised to support greater social mobility and economic stability for racial/ethnic minority and low-income students — but only if we invest in them in meaningful and effective ways.”

The full report, On Their Own Terms: Two-Year Minority Serving Institutions, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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