ELPA 882:

Minority Serving Institutions of Higher Education

with Clif Conrad

About this course

Our course, Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education (ELPA 882), examines the origins, contemporary landscape, structures, and stakeholders of minority-serving institutions. When we reference Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), we reference institutions including:

  • Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
  • Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs)
  • Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs)

In addition to examining the landscape and structure, we will also look at related challenges and opportunities for research and practice.

Minority and low-income students often struggle to fit into mainstream colleges and universities. Along with spotlighting the challenges facing many traditionally underserved students, this course explores policies, programs, and practices that Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs)—HBCUs, HSIs, and TCUs—are using to cultivate the access, persistence, and graduation of these students.  The course provides an eye-opening experience—including a visit to a tribal college—for participants to reflect not only on the contributions of MSIs but also what can be done to educate our increasingly diverse nation and world. Read more about Professor Clif Conrad >

Student Reviews:

We often think of class field trips as something that is only done throughout our childhood and adolescent years, but this past summer we learned that is not always the case. Professor Clifton Conrad’s class, ELPA 882: Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education, provided a wonderful opportunity for our class to visit the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, WI. We learned much about the programs and everyday practices that CMN is using to educate students and to “give back” to their community. It was a very inspiring visit for us all.”

Former ELPA 882 Student

In brief, we spent several hours on campus interacting with a panel of students, faculty and administrative staff and then had a lengthy tour of the campus, followed by hours of vigorous discussion with one another about what we were learning. The following day we had an incredible tour of the reservation, one in which we all developed a greater appreciation of the connectedness between human beings and the natural environment—including the importance of “sustainability.”

Former ELPA 882 Student

CMN was created on tribal land and began offering classes in 1993. The animating purpose was to develop a college to help strengthen their economy and community infrastructure. Since it was established, enrollments have increased from 43 students to now more than 700 students. Next time you get out of Madison, you might consider visiting CMN—or perhaps another Tribal College, an Historically Black College, an Hispanic-Serving institutions, or an Asian American Pacific Islander college—and seize the opportunity to learn about how all of us can better serve an increasingly diverse America and world.”

Former ELPA 882 Student

ELPA 882: Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education Times

F 4:00-7:00pm

Sa 9:00am-3:00pm 

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Contact conrad@education.wisc.edu

Meet Your Professor

Clifton F. Conrad

Clifton F. Conrad

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Professor of Higher Education Faculty Director, and WISCAPE (Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education)

Read Clifton F. Conrad’s Recent Book: 

Educating a Diverse Nation-Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions

Available Here >

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