AANAPISI Designation Details

CU Denver | Anschutz Attains AANAPISI Status

May 2023

We are pleased to share that the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz is now officially an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). After nearly two years of work by the AANAPISI Operational Team, we were notified of the designation and a related grant by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) in May 2023. 

CU Denver | Anschutz is currently the only AANAPISI research university in the Rocky Mountain region. To qualify for this designation, an institution must have an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 10 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander and meet other requirements based on Pell-eligible students and educational costs. Based on spring 2022 enrollment (when we submitted the grant proposal to DOE), Asian American and Pacific Islander students made up 14 percent of our dual campus undergraduate enrollment.

As part of our AANAPISI designation, the DOE has also awarded CU Denver $1.8 million over the next five years. The grant will fund various student success and mental health initiatives, as well as expanded dual-enrollment ethnic studies courses at area high schools.    

As part of a federally designated minority-serving institution (MSI), our campus and faculty may be eligible to apply for additional federal grants. However, MSI-specific grants can be complicated, and eligibility varies depending on the funder and what data are used to determine eligibility. When applying for MSI grants, research teams should reach out to the Office of Grants and Contracts before starting work on a proposal. Our team will determine how the funding organization defines an MSI and if our school qualifies. 

For more information, please review the FAQ below. CU Denver | Anschutz is proud of its commitment to educating a diverse workforce of future leaders, and we thank the team members who helped to support this endeavor.



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