Camarillo, Calif., Apr. 30, 2010 – CSU Channel Islands (CI), the only four-year public institution of higher education in Ventura County, has received the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status because the University has met the diversity threshold of having at least a 25 percent Hispanic student population. CI’s current Hispanic student population represents 25.58 percent of the total student enrollment.

CI’s President Richard R. Rush stated, “To be designated an Hispanic Serving Institution affirms CI’s commitment to providing meaningful access to college opportunity and a promise to facilitate graduation as a springboard to success. We are honored to be acknowledged as a full partner with the Latino/Hispanic communities.” 

The new designation also allows CI to compete for U.S. Department of Education Title V funding as well as other financial support available with the HSI status. This additional support will increase CI’s institutional capacity to serve a growing Hispanic and economically diverse student body, create more access for those wishing to get a college education, and improve services and academic excellence for every student on campus.

For additional information about CI’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, visit: http://www.csuci.edu/about/hsi/index.htm

For media inquiries contact Nancy Covarrubias Gill, Director of Communication & Marketing at CSU Channel Islands, 805-437-8456 or nancy.gill@csuci.edu.

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(CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more by visiting CI's Social Media.