Higher Education Summit Highlights Research on Asian-American, Pacific Islander-Serving Schools

June 25, 2013

Among the 153 U.S. colleges and universities eligible to become federally designated as Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), only 78 of those schools have sought and been granted the distinction since 2008, when the federal program was launched. Of the 78, just 21 schools have received AANAPISI program funding, which is aimed at improving the retention, transfer and graduation rates of underserved Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students.

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Higher Ed. Initiatives Emerge to Serve Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders

June 25, 2013

About 35 percent more Asian-American and Pacific Islander undergraduate students are likely to be on campuses over the next decade. To meet this growing demand, new research and efforts are emerging to best serve them. A report out earlier this month underscored the need to understand the diversity of the population and collect data based on students’ countries of origin. In addition, a national public-awareness campaign, “We’re Changing the Face of America” was launched in March by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education.

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The Case for Asian-Serving Colleges

June 25, 2013

The “misperception” that all Asian-American and Pacific Islander students are high-achieving and immune from financial challenges has created barriers for the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, says a study released today. The study finds that colleges that have been designated as serving Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander students could significantly support low-income students from those groups and help bust the “model minority” myth. But relatively few of those colleges have qualified so far to receive funds through the federal program set up for that purpose.

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Hmong, Indian, What’s the Difference?

June 14, 2013

Recent news on the higher education scene has turned attention to the Asian American case, or cases we should say. A team of education researchers led by Dr. Robert Teranishi used data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the University of California higher education system to make the case that Asian American ethnic groups are not all performing in the “model minority” way. As some readers know, Asian Americans tend to be grouped together as if they were a racial equivalent to “white” “black” and sometimes “Hispanic.”

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Asian Groups, White House Seek Better Race Data

June 10, 2013

Asian-Americans are often very visible academically, such as the spelling bee champion whose family emigrated from India, the class valedictorian of Japanese descent or the Chinese-American champion at the science fair. But such successes mask the academic woes of others, such as Cambodians and Native Hawaiians, said Kiran Ahuja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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The Deceptive Data on Asians

June 7, 2013

It is time to disaggregate data about Asian-American students as much as possible, says the report, issued by the Educational Testing Service and the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. The failure of most schools and colleges to do so has resulted in key problems facing Asian-American groups being “overlooked and misunderstood,” said Robert T. Teranishi, associate professor of higher education at New York University and principal investigator for the report, during a news briefing.

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Breakouts of Data for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Students Urged

June 6, 2013

When it comes to getting a college degree, the report notes that achievement varies widely depending on the ethnicity of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. While 74 percent of Taiwanese, 71 percent of Asian Indian, and 52 percent of Chinese hold bachelor’s degrees, just 12 percent of Laotian, 14 percent of Cambodian, and 26 percent of Vietnamese do. This information on educational attainment for adults older than 25 comes from the the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. Some of these adults may have earned degrees in their homeland, while others did so after they came to the United States.

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Inadequate Data Conceal Educational Disparities For Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

June 6, 2013

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students are a dynamic and heterogeneous group with great promise and even greater challenges. Yet methods of collecting and reporting data on their academic attainment conceal significant disparities in educational experiences and outcomes, according to a new report released at a symposium today in Washington, D.C. The report, iCount: A Data Quality Movement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education, highlights the need for, and benefits of, collecting and reporting disaggregated data for these students. The authors also offer recommendations for meeting this challenge to ensure a more effective and responsive system of education.

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