Asian-American Population Is Overlooked in College-Completion Agenda, Report Says

October 11, 2011

The Asian-American and Pacific Islander population is one of the fastest-growing groups in the United States and is expected to reach 40 million people by 2050. But the group is often overlooked in the setting of federal higher-education policy priorities, including the goal to improve college completion, says a new report by the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. The report, “The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda,” argues that the population is not monolithic but rather quite diverse, with some subgroups being more likely to attend community colleges and less-selective institutions, resulting in significant differences in college-degree-attainment rates among the subgroups.

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