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PSU Expands Latino Faculty And Support
Author: Rob Manning, OPB News
Posted: October 4, 2010

Portland State University officials announced Monday they intend to double the school’s Latino student enrollment over the next six years. Rob Manning reports the university is offering scholarships and targeted support to Hispanic students.

PSU is rolling a half-dozen initiatives into a project it calls “Exito!” – Spanish for “success.”

Those include doubling PSU’s Latino faculty, providing full tuition to 125 Latino students, and creating a new advising center with a full-time counselor.

PSU officials estimate that only one-in-20 PSU students is Latino, while one-in-five Oregon public school students is.

PSU president Wim Wievel says the initiatives will be backed by at least $350,000 in university and foundation funds.

Wim Wievel: “It is in all our interest to make sure that all of our community gets well-educated, and to make sure that we have culturally-specific programs to groups that need it.”

Wievel says out-of-state Latinos are eligible. But officials say undocumented students are not eligible, because those students don’t have access to outside sources of financial aid, like federal grants.


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