Woodbury University Receives $3 Million Hispanic Serving Institution Grant for Sustainability Programs

Woodbury University is pleased to have received another $3.0 million Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Grant (over 5 years) for Sustainability Programs from the Department of Education for the second time in two years.

The Developing Hispanic–Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program, which is authorized under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is designed to “expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students, and to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of the colleges and universities that educate the majority of Hispanic students and help large numbers of Hispanic and other low-income students complete postsecondary degrees.”

As a longstanding, proud Hispanic Serving Institution, Woodbury met the basic eligibility requirement for the grant, having 25 percent of full-time undergraduate Hispanic students enrolled at the end of the award year, immediately preceding the date of application.

Woodbury plans to develop three sustainability-related bachelor’s programs (STEM): Sustainable Practices (environmental studies), Construction Management, and Environmental Science—important fields that offer excellent earnings and projected employment growth at a time when our planet is in ever more need of overcoming environmental degradation.

In addition to the curricular part of the grant, Woodbury will create an even more focused student-success model of professional advising.

This year, 249 grant applications were reviewed, and 118 grants were awarded. Woodbury is one of four private, four-year universities in California that received the grant, and was awarded the maximum amount of $600,000 per year for a period of 5 years, totaling $3,000,000. Total funding for new awards was $69,354,131.

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