The Texas State Connection - From the BeginningInternational Spanish-Language Documentary Festival Puntos de Vista 2012Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos

On November 8, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson returned to his alma mater, Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College (now called Texas State University – San Marcos) to sign into law one of the signature legislative accomplishments of his Great Society: the Higher Education Act. 

In an effort to promote cultural and academic ties amongst Texas State University and international students, The Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets (CSLMM) hosts an annual international Spanish-language documentary festival known as Puntos de Vista.

Celebrate Hispanic art and culture at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. Learn more about this thriving center of the community.

Changing Campus Reflects Changing State and Nation

The Hispanic population represents the fastest growing group in the United States, and more young Hispanics are seeking a college education than ever before. Texas State of Change is a digital reporting project investigating the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status at Texas State University in San Marcos. A Federal designation created under Title V of the Higher Education Act, the Hispanic-Serving Institution identification recognizes colleges and universities that make higher education accessible to Hispanic and Latino students.

To receive the HSI designation, an institution must have an undergraduate enrollment of full-time-equivalent students that is at least 25 percent. Texas State achieved this level of enrollment in 2011. Texas State joins the 237 other institutions of higher education across the nation that share the HSI status through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

"We are proud that our enrollment reflects the true changing face of Texas. We have achieved this important outcome because of the efforts of many individuals across the university, and I sincerely appreciate those efforts," said Texas State University President Denise Trauth.

The following chart indicates the Hispanic enrollment of top national universities and highlights Texas State's leadership in this area. (Map data is from 2010, just prior to Texas State's achievement of the HSI status, with 24.2% Hispanic enrollment).

Hispanic Enrollment % National Universities

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With the HSI designation, Texas State becomes eligible for millions of dollars in grant funding to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students. In 2010, the Department of Education awarded grants totaling more than $60 million to HSIs.

Texas State of Change examines how Hispanic students are experiencing university life, their prospects post-graduation, and how they change their campus and the surrounding community. Using U.S. Census Data, Texas State University institutional data, and multimedia, Texas State of Change tells the story of a university not only embracing diversity, but also on a mission to educate Hispanic students. Interviews from students, staff and faculty illuminate the data with personal stories and experiences.

This site starts at the beginning, when President Lyndon B. Johnson first signed the Higher Education Act, here at his alma mater, what was then known as Southwest Texas State Teachers College. It is a significant piece of the university's history that the roots of supporting learning in the Hispanic community were first planted here. We then look at the local Hispanic influence, demographics of the university and area, Hispanic culture in student life, and the effect that higher education can have on Hispanic alumni in their chosen careers.

Texas State of Change tells a story of a university that is looking toward the future. The United States is changing, and so is the American education system. Texas State University is on the forefront of innovation in preparing for the next generation of college students and the future leaders of our country.

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Campus photo used in logo courtesy of Chandler Prude.