Caldwell, N.J., April 27, 2020- Caldwell University has been formally recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. The designation reflects the growth in enrollment of Hispanic students at the university and the welcoming environment Caldwell has created for the students. The designation makes the university eligible to compete for federal grant programs managed by the HSI Division of the U.S. Department of Education.
Stephen Quinn, vice president of enrollment management and communications, said Caldwell is proud to receive this recognition. “Our Hispanic students have enriched our campus life for years. Caldwell is a place where students share the richness of their cultures and know they have support in exploring and pursuing their academic and career goals.”
Students at Caldwell University succeed with supportive programs such as peer mentoring, vibrant student activities, and small classes that provide opportunities to build relationships with faculty members.
Cindy Herrera is a first-generation college student who is pursuing her dream to earn a degree. She is doing it not only for herself but also for her parents who have worked hard for her benefit. “I try to become their hopes and dreams for what they envisioned in themselves,” said Herrera, who is a campus ambassador for the Admissions Office. A criminal justice major with three minors—pre-law, criminal forensics, and psychology—Herrera appreciates how the university values its Hispanic students and gives them opportunities to celebrate their cultures through academics, clubs, and even food in the dining hall. “Caldwell University recognizes me and the entire Hispanic population as students who can change the future. I will always be thankful for that.”
Caldwell University joins over 500 designated HSIs in 25 states that serve two-thirds of all Hispanic students enrolled in higher education in the U.S. More than a quarter of the HSIs are private four-year colleges, according to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
The federal grant competitions feature awards to assist eligible institutions with strengthening institutional programs, facilities, and services to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations. Caldwell’s Hispanic student enrollment during the 2018-19 academic year was 27.5% exceeding the enrollment threshold designation of 25%. The university’s one-year retention rate for 2016 and 2017 for Hispanic students exceeded the corresponding national averages among all four-year private colleges according to the National Student Clearinghouse.