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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is proud to announce that it has won the prestigious Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Outstanding Member Award. This award will be presented at HACU’s 26th Annual Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Sunday, October 21.

HACU’s Governing Board established the national award to recognize and honor extraordinary efforts by institutions that have excelled in advancing the mission and goals of the association. More than 400 colleges and universities are members of HACU.

Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said he considers it a privilege to accept the award on behalf of the faculty, staff and especially the students: “This award is meaningful because it reflects the accomplishments of our students, particularly the large number of Latino students that we have helped in their educational journey during the past 45 years. Moreover, throughout its existence, Hostos has had the highest percentage of Latino students and the highest percentage of Latino faculty of any college in New York City, New York State, and the northeastern region of the United States.”

According to the award letter, Hostos is a “pre-eminent exemplar of these qualities; one of the 18 founding charter members of HACU; a consistent support in every significant HACU effort; a total of 25 years of active HACU membership; over eight years of service by two different presidents on the HACU Governing Board and most recently on the Commission of International Education.”

More than 1,500 people are expected at the luncheon, including presidents/CEOs of HACU-member institutions, distinguished faculty, civic and student leaders, corporate and government representatives and others concerned with the educational success of Hispanics.

The award comes at a time when President Barack Obama is expected to issue a proclamation and the U.S. Senate also is expected to pass a resolution declaring September 16 to September 22 National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Week. Throughout this week, members of Congress will be acknowledging the many achievements of HSIs on the House and Senate floors.

"Hispanic-Serving Institutions touch the lives of millions of students across the nation," said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. "Hispanic Heritage Month is an ideal time to recognize the contributions of HSIs to Hispanic higher education success."

National HSIs Week offers an opportunity to honor the work and commitment of HSIs in addressing the higher educational needs of Hispanic students through institutional and academic support.

HACU was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions.  Because of HACU’s exemplary leadership on behalf of the nation’s youngest and fastest-growing population, the Association rapidly grew in numbers and national impact.

Today, HACU represents more than 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal.  Although member institutions in the U. S. represent less than 10 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students.  HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

In 1992, HACU led the effort to convince Congress to formally recognize campuses with high Hispanic enrollment as federally designated HSIs and to begin targeting federal appropriations to those campuses. (Click here for more information about the differences between HACU's definition of HSIs and the federal definition of HSIs under Title V of the Higher Education Act.)

Soon after, HACU and its allies were instrumental in convincing Congress to appropriate money specifically for HSIs.  For the first time ever, HSIs were granted $12 million in 1995 from federal resources.  Since then, funding has increased significantly because of HACU’s persistent advocacy.  In 2012, for example, $100.4 million were appropriated for the HSI undergraduate program under Title V of the Higher Education Act.  HACU has recommended $175 million be appropriated for fiscal year 2013.

For more information, go to www.hacu.net.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872, 718-518-6513


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