About the Project


This project aims to explore challenges faced by students and instructors at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) after moving to online formats during COVID-19. Longitudinal surveys and interviews seek to reveal how students and instructors cope with courses moving online, and how course experiences are impacted by this move. The study also aims to identify the resources and supports that are most helpful to students and instructors and to catalog resources that are still needed. The research will include examination of how findings differ for students and instructors from underrepresented and underserved communities (i.e., Latinx and Native American). Data collected will contribute knowledge regarding attitudes and coping processes during crises. Results seek to inform institutional priorities and decision making towards pandemic recovery at HSIs.


This project collected data across three points in time: (1) Summer 2020, (2) Fall 2020, (3) Spring 2021.  

Research briefs from each wave of data collection are available on this website and have been distributed to key stakeholders across Arizona HSIs. Findings were used internally at the UA to advocate for resources and needs voiced by students and instructors.  

Franco, M., Erbacher, M., & Pope, E. J. (2023)COVID-19 and Hispanic serving institutions: students' perceptions, attitudes, and emotions surrounding online spaces and supports, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 60(1), 49-65. https://doi.org/10.1080/19496591.2022.2144741

Future quantitative and qualitative analyses will be focused on examining patterns across all three waves of data to provide a wholistic representation of student and instructor experiences during COVID-19.