Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions

Edited by Marybeth Gasman, Benjamin Baez, and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
Foreword by Walter R. Allen

Subjects: African American Studies
Paperback : 9780791473603, 349 pages, March 2008
Hardcover : 9780791473597, 349 pages, March 2008

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword (Walter R. Allen)

Part I. The Foundations of Minority-Serving Institutions

1. On Minority-Serving Institutions
Benjamin Baez, Marybeth Gasman, and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner

2. Minority-Serving Institutions: A Historical Backdrop
Marybeth Gasman

3. Minority-Serving Institutions: Selected Institutional and Student Characteristics
Charmaine Jackson Mercer and James B. Stedman

4. Shall I Compare Thee? Reflections on Naming and Power
Philo A. Hutcheson

Part II. Context-Specific Trends and Challenges

5. Arguing for a Different View: Deaf-Serving Institutions as Minority-Serving
Noah D. Drezner

6. Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Closeted Identity and the Production of Equitable Outcomes for Latino/a Students
Frances E. Contreras, Lindsey E. Malcom, and Estela Mara Bensimon

7. Tribal Colleges and Universities: Identity, Invisibility, and Current Issues
Justin P. Guillory and Kelly Ward

8. Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions: Historical Perspectives and Future Prospects
Julie J. Park and Robert T. Teranishi

9. ¿Dónde Están Los Hombres?: Examining Success of Latino Male Students at Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges
Berta Vigil Laden, Linda Serra Hagedorn, and Athena Perrakis

10. Another Side of the Percent Plan Story: Latino Enrollment in the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Sector in California and Texas
Stella M. Flores and Otoniel Jiménez Morfín

11. Faculty Development at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Current Priorities and Future Directions
Andrea L. Beach, Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Stephen L. Rozman, and Jessie L. Grant

12. Groundwork for Studying Governance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
James T. Minor

13. HBCU’s Institutional Advantage: Returns to Teacher Education
Brooks B. Robinson and Angela R. Albert

Part III. Interconnections and Common Issues

14. Social Justice at Historically Black and Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Mission Statements and Administrative Voices
Terrell L. Strayhorn and Joan B. Hirt

15. Student Engagement and Student Success at Historically Black and Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Brian K. Bridges, Jillian Kinzie, Thomas F. Nelson Laird, and George D. Kuh

16. Teaching Latino, African American, and Native American Undergraduates: Faculty Attitudes, Conditions, and Practices
Frances K. Stage and Steven Hubbard

17. Considering the Federal Classification of Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Michelle M. Espino and John J. Cheslock

18. Coalition Formation among Minority-Serving Institutions
Deirdre Martinez

19. The Adversity of Diversity: Regional Associations and the Accreditation of Minority-Serving Institutions
Saran Donahoo and Wynetta Y. Lee

List of Contributors

Explores the particulars of minority-serving institutions while also highlighting their interconnectedness.


Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions explores these important institutions while also highlighting their interconnectedness, with the hope of sparking collaboration among the various types. Minority-serving institutions (MSIs) enroll and graduate the majority of students of color in the United States and traditionally include historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges, and more recently Asian American– and Pacific Islander–serving institutions. The book's contributors focus on several issues, including institutional mission, faculty governance, student engagement, social justice, federal policy, and accreditation. They critically analyze the scholarship on MSIs, not only describing the existing research and stressing what is missing, but also providing new lines of thought for additional research.

Marybeth Gasman is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Benjamin Baez is Associate Professor of Higher Education at Florida International University. Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Education at Arizona State University.


"…Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions is to be commended not only for its first-rate scholarship but also for giving faithful expression to the core values held by its editors and contributors and embodied by colleges and universities committed to serving underrepresented students. Animated by a refreshingly unapologetic and unequivocal belief in the importance of MSIs to students and society, this text is a testament to the value of ideologically-positioned and well-disciplined inquiry in the field of higher education." — Teachers College Record

"This book is a much-needed contribution to the literature about minority issues in higher education and MSIs in particular. It adds to our understanding about where MSIs have been and where they are likely to go, and will be enormously useful to the national dialogue about improving both the quality and accessibility of American higher education in the coming years." — Jamie P. Merisotis, President, Institute for Higher Education Policy

"This robust collection provides an exemplary introduction to MSIs. With passion and scholarly acumen, this diverse and engaging book offers multiple perspectives on the contributions as well as challenges and opportunities facing these institutions—and brings attention to institutions that have often remained largely invisible on the landscape of higher education." — Clifton Conrad, University of Wisconsin at Madison

"This is an engaging, insightful, and masterfully crafted book. The editors deserve praise for assembling such a respectable cast of scholars and producing a book that will surely become the seminal text on MSIs. This book adds tremendous value, illuminates critical trends and issues, and dispels several faulty assumptions regarding MSIs." — Shaun R. Harper, Director, Research Division, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators