Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The College of Southern Nevada is being recognized as a federal Minority Serving Institution.
CSN has received a U.S. Department of Education designation in the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions category.
The college held a campus conversation on Monday to discuss the new designation and what it means for the college community.
The designations are based on historic academic full-time equivalent enrollment data from two years prior.
CSN's student body was comprised of 10-percent Asian Americans, one-percent Native American and two-percent Pacific Islander. In addition, 26-percent of students were Hispanic and 11-percent were African American.
Next year, the college expects to be the first higher education institution in Nevada to be eligible to successfully apply for Hispanic serving institution status.
"It's important because this is an institution that serves a very diverse community. We're very proud of that and it enriches the college. But it's also giving us an opportunity to better serve women as well as those ethic minorities," said Michael Richards, president of CSN.
The designations allow colleges to compete for specific grants that support projects and programs to benefit all students.