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Herzing awarded AANAPISI grant

Herzing, Minneapolis is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). This federal designation aligns with Herzing’s aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. As a healthcare education provider, the issues that impact equitable healthcare are particularly close to our mission.

HU’s core belief is that if you want to improve access to quality healthcare for all communities, you need to change the face of who works in healthcare to more closely represent the communities they serve.


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Resources to Deliver Student Support

With $1,835,276 of federal funds plus $325,000 contribution from Herzing, this grant allocates $2,160,276 in funds toward improved student success within the AANAPI community. HU is using these funds to focus on three critical areas for success.

*Disclaimer: The HU AANAPISI grant is a $2,160,276 Grant, with $1,835,276 (85%) supported by federal funds and $325,000 (15%) supported by non-federal funds.

AANAPISI Grant Funds Breakdown

Minnesota*: Statewide, about 5% of Minnesota’s population is Asian American, and less than 1% identify as Native American Pacific Islanders. Most of this population lives in the Minneapolis area.

AANAPISI Infographic

AANAPISI Infographic

Herzing student population**: 13% of Herzing, Minneapolis’ student population is Asian American, and 1% self-identify as Native American Pacific Islander.

Over 90% of students are enrolled in a healthcare program (nursing or dental), 77% are pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and 48% receive PELL assistance.

AANAPISI Infographic

Source: * **Herzing institutional research

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Focus On Student Retention

Herzing is utilizing targeted interventions to ensure continued and improved first-year retention rates for AANAPI students. HU prides itself on graduation rates as they are the ultimate measure of student and institutional success. Seeing more students graduate and find fulfilling, meaningful work is our #1 goal.

Enhanced Tutoring Services

Healthcare programs culminate with a high-stakes exam to secure a license to practice. Herzing’s focus is to improve the academic performance and career readiness of students through increased utilization of academic and co-curricular supportive services and professional licensure preparation. Our healthcare programs have built-in milestones to help us identify when a student needs additional support.

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Campus Cultural Center

This is a space on campus for students to collaborate with each other and with faculty. Students can study, access modern workstations, and take proctored exams with accommodations. This is the place where HU will offer peer-to-peer mentoring, facilitate workshops for lowering test anxiety, offer mental health services, and have a little fun too - with events that raise awareness and increase cultural sensitivity.


The AANAPSI Grant began in late 2023 and will run through September 2028. HU is excited about what these additional resources will mean for our diverse student population and looks forward to sharing results along the way.

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