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A major variable in our nation is higher education's capacity to improve how it reaches, teaches, and graduates a mass of first-generation college students. Our Lady of the Lake University understands the challenges facing this population. Approximately 60 percent of our incoming freshmen are first generation students. An equal percentage are Mexican American.

HENA featured in Hispanic Outlook in
Higher Education Magazine

The October issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher
Education magazine features a cover article on
HENA. Read more.
Higher Education for a New America, or HENA, recognizes an exploding population of low-income, minority children who still lack an adequate number and diversi
ty of college role models. With a laser focus and by sharing resources and convening summits, HENA will support San Antonio as a destination for learning how to prepare a soon-to-be majority of Americans. Through HENA, OLLU will improve its mission to educate first generation students and facilitate the conversation with others seeking to do the same.     

Like OLLU's watershed initiative in its creation of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in 1986, the launching of HENA is driven by OLLU's sensibilities and sensitivities to core needs of the time. The Texas Education Agency reported in 2009 that Hispanic children – for the first time – comprise the majority in first-grade classrooms. In another report, the Texas State Data Center predicts the state will become predominantly Hispanic within 10 years.

HENA will make a case for new levels of financial support and creative partnerships to accelerate our knowledge and expand success of all college students so that we may move boldly to strengthen our nation.

Former OLLU President Pollack on KLRN's "Conversations"

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Former OLLU President Tessa Martinez Pollack talks about HENA on the
KLRN program, "Conversations."

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