HSI & Title V
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are designated by the U.S. Department of Education through criteria defined as an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25% Hispanic. Vanguard University has been meeting this requirement by serving over 1,486 full-time undergraduate students annually of which 54% are of an ethnic and racial background of which 44% identify as Hispanic.
In 2015, Vanguard University received the first individual Title V award (#P031S150199) from the Department of Education in the amount of $2.6M intended to strengthen and enhance the pipeline of Hispanic and low-income students from early engagement to alumni. In 2017, Vanguard received a Cooperative Title V Award (#P031S170149) in the amount of $3.8M intended for the development of comprehensive integrated pathways for Hispanic students to enter the teaching professions in collaboration with Orange Coast Community College (OCC). Through these five-year comprehensive plans (grants) Vanguard University and her institutional partners hope to broaden the scope of impact by expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students and comprehensively targeting STEM education and teacher preparation programs.
In 2019, Vanguard University was awarded $98,000 from the National Endowment of the Humanities to develop and launch a Humanities Bridge Program. This project will develop and launch American Stories – a program to engage First-generation and Students of Color in the Humanities. American Stories: A Humanities Bridge Program would allow Vanguard to create a reading and writing intensive course with an attached Writing Lab that integrates two disciplines in the humanities, history and English, for first generation and underprepared students.The five-week residential bridge program provides a humanities focus for incoming freshman students at Vanguard University.