Serving Underrepresented Groups

This is an optional Innovation & Leadership credit. These credits recognize exemplary practices and performance above and beyond what is recognized in standard credits and may not be relevant to every institution. Scoring in the Innovation and Leadership section is capped at 4 bonus points total.


For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills – Response provides clear documentation that the institution is officially recognized as a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago – Response references an institutional website that includes clear documentation affirming recognition as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).
  • University of Minnesota, Morris – Response provides clear documentation that the institution is officially recognized as Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI).

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • Institutions must be on one or more official lists for minority-serving institution, historically disadvantaged institution, indigenous institution, or the equivalent. If claiming the institution is a MSI, check this site to confirm.

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