Integrating a Culture of Academic and Research Engagement

Purpose of HSI Program


The HSI Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students.  HSI Program grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and help large numbers of Hispanic students and other low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees.



Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Integrating a Culture of Academic and Research Engagement—I-CARE



Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) is a state supported institution serving an area of rural South Texas bordering Mexico.  The University serves an area approximately the size of West Virginia, ranging from San Antonio to the Mexican border.  The student body is split almost equally between men (53%) and women (47%). 72% of students are undergraduates.  Ethnically, the campus reflects the demographics of the area, with 62% of the students being Hispanic, 27% (non-Hispanic), and 5 % African American.  TAMUK is dedicated to serving an ethnically and culturally diverse population and is committed to its mission of teaching, research, and service in South Texas for the advancement of knowledge and of regional development.

The I-CARE project design is based on the premise that students are our greatest assets.  They come to us with preliminary skill sets and capabilities.  Through the I-CARE program, students will be able to understand their limitations and develop a new vision of who they are and what they can achieve.  The project is composed of three major Goals:

Goal 1 addresses the need to provide career development and career planning which will provide a foundation for students as they move through their academic career and their educational goals at the university.  Goal 2 will increase the number of high-need students who enroll in and successfully complete courses that provide an undergraduate research component.  These courses have been designed to expose students to scholarly and experiential undergraduate research thereby increasing the number of students who are academically prepared for graduate studies. Goal 3 will provide an undergraduate research commons in the university library that will provide a dedicated space for students to participate in undergraduate research.  These goals and proposed activities are in direct alignment with the university mission and vision and the absolute priority for the Title V competition.               

Competitive Preference Priority 1 will address:

  • Faculty professional development to support innovative learning methods including undergraduate research and experiential learning
  • Course redesign to engage students, improve critical skills, retention and graduation
  • Infrastructure development to support course redesign, increase visibility of research and experiential learning and improve students’ experiences
  • Professional academic advisor development to support student engagement in innovative learning
  • Enhance counseling and student guidance services through academic career literacy
  • Financial literacy modules to increase student retention and success

Competitive Preference Priority 2 will address:

  • Online course redesign that includes research and experiential learning
  • E-databases and online journals
  • Online career modules and financial literacy modules to support retention and success

Title V HSI Grant #P031S150096
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education
under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
for $2,625,000
October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2020

This page was last updated on: January 11, 2016