Minority Serving Institutions

About
​​​​​​​​​​​Minority serving institutions (MSIs) are a vital part of U.S. higher education, providing access to college for millions of students of color, many of whom are from low-income backgrounds and are the first in their family to attend college. In the fall of 2016, these institutions collectively enrolled over 5 million undergraduate and graduate students and numbered over 700. Their success is integral to the success of our higher education system and the increasingly diverse student population it serves. ACE’s research and insights on MSIs include work on their financial stability and their role in addressing equity gaps and the economic mobility of their students.
Reports and Publications
Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility
Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility
The analysis in this brief examines the upward income mobility of students who attended MSIs compared to students who did not, and found that MSIs propel their students from the bottom to the top of the income distribution at higher rates than non-MSIs.
Public and Private Investments and Divestments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Public and Private Investments and Divestments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
This issue brief, released in partnership with UNCF, summarizes federal, state, and local funding sources of HBCUs and non-HBCUs – in addition to private institutional investments – to illustrate continuing disparities in how colleges secure resources.
Pulling Back the Curtain: Enrollment and Outcomes at Minority Serving Institutions
Pulling Back the Curtain: Enrollment and Outcomes at Minority Serving Institutions
The analysis in this report uses NSC data to examine how students who started college at an MSI in 2007 moved through higher education. The authors determined that completion rates for MSIs are higher than the federal graduation rate suggests.
Tribal College and University Funding: Tribal Sovereignty at the Intersection of Federal, State, and Local Funding
Tribal College and University Funding: Tribal Sovereignty at the Intersection of Federal, State, and Local Funding
This issue brief discusses the important progress TCUs have made in Indian Country, then describes important inequities in federal, state, and local funding that limit these institutions’ impact on the tribal communities they are chartered to serve.
Government Investment in Public Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Government Investment in Public Hispanic-Serving Institutions
This issue brief provides an overview of a pattern of historic inequities in funding that led to federal recognition and support for HSIs, explains current available revenue streams, and examines trends in public investment.