SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Mission College’s diversity is paying off.
The Hispanic Serving Institution has awarded Mission College of Santa Clara its HSI STEM Grant for $5.4 million over five years, adding to a grant from the Asian American and Native American Pacific Island Serving Institution, a rarity for a college to receive both grants.
“Mission is a special place due to our student body and we are one of only a very small number of institutions that are designated as both HSI and AANAPISI,” said Mission College President Daniel Peck. “Being designated as HSI or AANAPISI, however, is no guarantee of receiving funding—designation only makes an institution eligible for funding. The grant process is extremely competitive and only the strongest proposals are awarded.”
Mission College’s Hispanic population is about a quarter of its student population while Asian, Filipino, Indian and/or Pacific islander students make up another 40 percent.
The HSI grant is designed to provide a blueprint for increasing the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining STEM degrees. Mission College will partner with Cal State East Bay to develop a “strong transfer alliance,” according to Peck.
According to data from Santa Clara County, over 70 percent of county high school graduates were Hispanic or Asian. However only 21 percent of those Hispanic graduates took required UC/CSU courses, compared to 70 percent of Asian graduates. In addition, estimated dropout rates of Hispanic students was 21 percent. The estimated country dropout rate was 11 percent.