8 MSIs with Disability Services

by Stephanie Mayo

The academic trajectories of students with disabilities often hinge on their access to support services. That is why is is very important for colleges and universities to support the fundamental needs of students of these students. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up looks at some specific services MSIs offer to accommodate their students with disabilities.

1) Howard University (HBCU)


Howard University’s Office of the Dean for Special Student Services (Disabled Student Services encourages students to come and notify the office of their disabilities to be accommodated. If students feel that their accommodations are not enough, the Office welcomes them to come discuss how they might be better accommodated.

2) Haskell Indian Nations University (TCU)


Haskell Indian Nations University supports students with disabilities through the Disability Support Services program. Basing their practices from research that indicates what best assists students with disabilities, they ensure that students with disabilities are getting the appropriate assistance.

3) Cochise College (HSI)

Cochise College

For students with disabilities, Cochise College provides the ADA/Disability Office to support their individual needs. Because the goal of the office is to “empower students, foster independence, promote success and assist students in discovering and developing their full potential,” the office not only focuses on accommodating students with disabilities with academic services but also focuses on ensuring social and emotional support.

4) Alabama A&M University (HBCU)

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Alabama A&M University provides the Access to Learning Program as a part of their Office of Veterans Affairs & Disability Services. The program provides a comprehensive approach to students with disabilities to ensure that they are accommodated. The program holds teachers, students, the office, and the university to a high standard of service to students with disabilities.

5) Orange Coast College (AANAPISI)

Orange Coast College

At Orange Coast College, the Disabled Students Programs and Services focuses on giving students with disabilities the assistance needed for them to perform well academically. Orange Coast College believes that “that every student should have the opportunity to realize his/her greatest potential in pursuit of higher education. Students with disabilities have the same needs, interests and strengths as all individuals.” Thus, the office focuses on providing high quality support to students with disabilities.

6) University of Hawaii at Hilo (AANAPISI)

University of Hawaii at Hilo

At University of Hawaii at Hilo, students with disabilities are encouraged to request any accommodations through the Disability Services office. The staff there works with students with disabilities to set individualized and personalized goals and accommodates services for students to meet those goals. 

7) Barry University (HSI)

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At Barry University, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is where students with disabilities go to receive accommodations. Their services range from hiring sign language interpreters for mute students to providing books in braille for blind students to read.

8) Northwest Indian College (TCU)

Northwest Indian College

Northwest Indian College provides students disabilities advisors that focus on meeting the holistic needs of the students. They work with not only giving students academic accommodations but also the support for them to grow in other components of their lives. Northwest Indian College understands that disabilities may increase the number of barriers students have to navigate, but “that [does] not compromise their ability to meet the outcomes of a respective degree or certificate.”

10 Dual Designation MSIs

MSIs play a huge role in educating a nation that is becoming increasingly more diverse. In fact, over one fifth of all college students are enrolled in an MSI. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up looks at 10 MSIs whose levels of diversity have earned them dual designation status.

1. California State University– Long Beach (AANAPISI/HSI)

Demographics: 23.4% Asian American/Pacific Islander; 37.8% Latino/Latina

CSU Long Beach is classified as both an AANAPISI and an HSI. Its College of Liberal Arts offers degrees in Asian and Asian American Studies as well as Chicano and Latino Studies.

2. Merritt College (AANAPISI/PBI)

Demographics: 28% African American; 17% American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Filipino and Pacific Islander

Merritt College, a community college in Oakland, is a part of California’s HBCU Transfer Guarantee Project. Merritt students who meet the requirements are guaranteed transfer to one of the nine participating HBCUs.

3. St Philip’s College (HBCU/HSI)

Demographics: 12% Black; 51% Hispanic

St. Philip’s is a community college in San Antonio, TX that offers 20 transfer degrees and 120 degree and certificate programs. The college boasts many successes including being ranked #1 statewide in at-risk students receiving degrees in critical fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

4. Heritage University (HSI/NASNTI)


Demographics: 64% Hispanic/Latino; 10% Native American/Alaskan Native or tribal affiliated

Heritage University was founded in 1981 by two women of the Yakama Nation in Toppenish, WA and offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, certificate, Teacher Professional Certification, and online programs. Students here have access to a variety of support services including including the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) which provides support to students who have a worked as migrant or seasonal farm workers.

5. West Los Angeles College (HSI/PBI)

Demographics: 30% African American; 40% Hispanic

Among their many degree and certificate options is West LA’s highly competitive dental hygiene program. 100% of dental hygiene graduates successfully pass the State licensing exam.

6. Ilisagvik College (AANAPISI/TCU)

Demographics: 55% American Indian/Alaska Native; 13% Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Ilisagvik College is a tribal community college in Barrow, AK that is “dedicated to perpetuating and strengthening Iñupiat (Eskimo) culture, language, values and traditions.” The institution “is a direct outgrowth of the Native American self-determination movement of the late 1960s and early 1970“and offers Associates degrees and certificates in 10 fields. It is the only federally recognized tribal college in Alaska.

7. Metropolitan College of New York (HSI/PBI)

Demographics: 59% Black; 20% Hispanic

MCNY is a private, 4-year university that serves both Hispanic and Black populations. One of the many ways MCNY helps students succeed is through their mentor program that pairs alumni and high achieving current students with other MCNY students to help them develop on a personal, academic and professional level.

8. Brookhaven College (AANAPISI/HSI)

Demographics: 11.4% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.8% Native American/Alaskan, 38.7% Hispanic/Latino Origin

Brookhaven is a community college in Farmers Branch, TX. Among its many aspects of student life is the Student Leadership Institute that is open to all students and offers a diverse itinerary of leadership training sessions, seminars, conferences and events.

9. University of California– Merced (AANAPISI/HSI)

Demographics: 23.8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 48.5% Hispanic

UC Merced, the newest of the UC campuses, was founded in 2005 and currently serves almost 7,000 students. Student involvement here is high; in the 10 years since its founding, over 200 student clubs and organizations have been established.

10. City Colleges of Chicago– Malcolm X College (HSI/PBI)

Demographics: 27% Hispanic; 61% Black or African American

Malcolm X College is a part of the state of Illinois’ Compact Agreement. Students here who complete the General Education Core Curriculum or the AA or AS degree will be granted junior standing or considered having met the lower division general education requirements at a 4-year institution.

12 MSIs that Have Produced Rhodes Scholars

by Briana O’Neal

The Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious, international award that provides full funding for students to receive a degree at the University of Oxford. Each year, 32 Americans are chosen to be Rhodes Scholars. Among the long list of institutions that have produced Rhodes Scholars are the following 12 MSIs:

1) University of New Mexico (16)

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2) University of Southern California (8)


3) Whittier College (4)


4) CUNY Brooklyn College (3)

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5) CUNY City College (3)


6) Morehouse College (3)


7) New Mexico State (3)


8) Howard University (2)


9) CSU Long Beach (1)


10) CUNY Queens College (1)


11) University of California Irvine (1)


12) University of Illinois at Chicago (1)


Top 10 Revenue-Generating HBCU Athletic Departments

by Louis Bolling (Guest Author)

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College athletics has evolved into a massive revenue generator for higher education institutions, commonwealths, and the private sector. In anticipation of March Madness, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up looks at the top 10 revenue generating HBCU athletic departments, which have generated approximately $113.2M combined. (Note that Oregon, the top revenue generating athletic program in the nation and a Predominantly White Institution, made more than all of these HBCUs combined at ~$196M.)

  1. Alabama State – $14,070,309 (158th overall)

  2. Delaware State – $13,063,111 (169th overall)

  3. Florida A&M – $12,444,254 (178th overall)

  4. Norfolk State –  $12,134,980 (181st overall)

  5. North Carolina A&T – $11,383,506 (195th overall)

  6. Prairie View A&M – $10,761,388 (200th overall)

  7. Southern – $10,153,053 (206th overall)

  8. South Carolina State – $9,816,351 (208th overall)

  9. Texas Southern – $9,780,351 (209th overall)

  10. Alabama A&M – $9,568,473 (213th overall)*

According to the USA TODAY database used to compile these numbers, HBCUs make up 47% of the schools on the bottom 15% of the overall list. Additionally, combining all 19 HBCU athletic departments’ revenues would only make 3rd overall on the list. Likewise, combining the top 10 HBCU athletic departments’ revenues would only amount to 14th overall.

*Note: The data, updated for 2014, are based on the revenue and expense reports collected from more than 225 public schools in the NCAA’s Division I that have an obligation to release the data (the NCAA does not release the data publicly). The others are private or are covered under a state exemption.