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National MSI Return on Investment Convening

A jointly sponsored event by ETS and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions

This event took place in December of 2015 and activities and discussions worked to achieve the following:

  • Identify — through empirical evidence — the return on investment (ROI) for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
  • To broaden mainstream higher education conversations to include the contributions of MSIs to individuals and society.

MSIs educate 26 percent of the nation’s college students, including many first-generation, low-income students of color. However, these institutions, including Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities and Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, are often excluded from national debate, policymaking and conversations regarding increasing college opportunity. Moreover, these institutions are maligned by both the media and policymakers as making only marginal contributions to the national economy and higher education landscape. In other words, MSIs are overlooked because there is little research on their ROI.

To expand this body of research, we have commissioned four papers pertaining to ROI and MSIs — one on each of the four major types of MSIs. The convening brought together MSI scholars, leadership, policymakers, institutional researchers and potential financial investors to discuss ROI within the MSI context.

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