The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, an association of Hispanic-serving institutions of higher education, was recently awarded a $75,000 contract to study Latino quality of life issues by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Office of Personnel Support, Families and Education. "As the Services work to meet their recruiting and retention goals, Latinos are a significant part of the solution. They represent a growing proportion of the U.S. population," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel Support Families and Education Victor Vasquez.
As the Latino American community continues to grow, it is important to understand how its quality of life priorities differ from others. With this information, the Services can better meet the needs of Latino servicemembers and their families.
HACU has both an in-house ability to conduct educational and policy research, and the ability to sub-contract work to its member institutions. This study will be conducted at the HACU national headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, and will include a thorough review and report on the literature pertaining to quality of life factors. As part of this contract, HACU will develop a comprehensive research plan to provide a blueprint for further quality of life research that will assist the Services in attracting and retaining Hispanics in the military. This study is expected to be completed by April 2000.