Project
Hispanic & Latino Student Focus Group - Student Support Programs & Services
Description
WSU's strategic plan includes a goal to become an emerging HSI by Fall 2025. To serve this population of students, we need to ask our current Hispanic and Latino students about their experiences with academic support programs and services.
MSI Focus
4-Year Institution
PWI
Utah
Katy Paulson
Director of Data & Analytics
Gail Niklason
Executive Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Ernesto Hernandez, Jr.
Assistant Professor/Library General Education Coordinator
Evidence

Weber State University has a goal to increase enrollment of students who identify as Hispanic/Latino to 15% of the student population by Fall 2025, meeting the threshold to become an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. This project, designed to better understand the experiences of current students who identify as Hispanic/Latino builds on previous Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives at the institution.

Goal

Weber State University's strategic plan includes a goal to become an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution by Fall 2025. To serve this population of students, we need to ask our current Hispanic and Latino students about their experiences with academic support programs and services. How do Hispanic and Latino students experience academic support programs and services at Weber State University?

Lessons Learned

Lessons learned during this project implementation include:

1. Identify your primary stakeholders early on.

2. Limit project scope to something reasonable and actively resist scope creep.

3. Manage priorities - everything that comes up in our conversations with constituents is important; we have to prioritize.

4. Try to identify what will have the most impact.

Uncertainty remains regarding how to adequately address a very large issue:
While there is generally good support for these efforts, there are pockets of resistance. Some still feel strongly that students need to adjust to the institution instead of the institution needing to adjust to accommodate all students.