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Joseph Francisco Developed Love for Science in Nurturing Environments

Even though the University of Nebraska―Lincoln’s Dr. Joseph Francisco didn’t have a role model at home who had gone to college — his grandparents, whom he lived with, did not go further than the second and third grade — he built his foundation to be a leader in academia there.

The state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board is wrapping up a 15-year plan to boost Hispanic college student enrollment.

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Over the past six years, I have been honored to peek into the souls and lives of undocumented youth through my research.

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Though the administration has said that its proposed ratings system will be designed to reward institutions that successfully serve minorities and low-income students, representatives from HSIs nevertheless expressed some misgivings about the plan.

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Luis Maldonado, chief advocacy officer at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, said of political engagement: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the table.”

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New president of Queens College of The City University of New York hasn’t forgotten his roots and remains committed to being an agent of change.

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Seeking to address a gap in knowledge about Hispanic-serving colleges nationwide, a leading research group on Tuesday launched a virtual data center to provide key information about these institutions as well as promising practices in serving Latino students.

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A new study challenges the notion that Black and Latino students are less likely to earn a college degree if they attend minority-serving institutions, such as a historically Black college.

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The population shift is bringing forth challenges, such as higher poverty rates among students and the need for more English-language instruction for children of immigrant families.

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To keep up with demand for STEM jobs, administrators, faculty and staff created the STEM Council to coordinate STEM efforts across the two-year college’s three campuses.

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