Patricia Marin, an associate researcher in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded a research grant from the Chicano Studies Institute at UC Santa Barbara for work on the project entitled “Becoming an Hispanic-Serving Institution: Expanding the Vision.” She is assisted by graduate student Christine Victorino.
The purpose of this research study is to understand what it would mean for UC Santa Barbara, a research institution, to become an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). For several years now, UCSB has been an “emerging HSI” – an institution with 15-24% of Latino enrollment and the potential to meet the federal HSI definition in the future. (UCSB would have to have a full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic to be considered an HSI; this would make the school eligible for Title V funds.) This study focuses on the perspective and insights of UCSB’s administration and emerging issues for policy and practice. This project is, therefore, novel in its focus on understanding the complex process of becoming an HSI for one of the top higher education institutions in the country.
Patricia Marin is a researcher and lecturer in the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara and associate director of the UC Educational Evaluation Center (UCEC). She studies issues of inclusion and equity in higher education for underrepresented students. In particular, her work examines issues of diversity, affirmative action, and college access. Before joining the Gevirtz School, she worked for The Civil Rights Project (CRP) at Harvard University and the American Council on Education in Washington, DC. She is coeditor of Realizing Bakke’s Legacy: Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Access to Higher Education (with C. L. Horn, Stylus, 2008), Higher Education and the Color Line (with G. Orfield and C. L. Horn, Harvard Education Press, 2005), and Moving Beyond Gratz and Grutter: The Next Generation of Research (with M. Moses, 2006), a special issue of Educational Researcher, which received the Outstanding Publication Award of the American Educational Research Association’s Division J (Higher Education). Her Ph.D., from the University of Maryland, College Park, is in higher education policy. She received her M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania.
Christine Victorino is a doctoral student in the Education Leadership and Organizations emphasis in the Department of Education.
[Patricia Marin is available for interviews; to arrange an interview, contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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