Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group


First Advisor

Marybeth Gasman


Minority serving institutions (MSIs) are becoming an increasingly prominent part of U.S. postsecondary education and perform a critical role in educating and graduating students of color. These institutions receive discretionary and mandatory funding via the Higher Education Act to better serve their focal student populations. While a growing corpus of research illuminates the strengths of MSIs, few studies have focused on the possible relationship between MSI federal grants and student outcomes. This study incorporates institution-level Department of Education NCES data and Equality of Opportunity Project data with a regression discontinuity design to estimate the impact of Title III and Title V grants on college completion measures as well as upward social mobility measures. The results from this study indicate a positive relationship between institutions receiving MSI grant funding and institutional outcome metrics net of other variables. The relationship is particularly strong amongst Latino/a students graduating from HSIs. Implications for policy and practice as well as directions for future research are also discussed.

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