Commentary: Remember Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

September 19, 2011

When looking back at my leap from corporate America to the education community almost three years ago — after spending more than 30 years as an executive at tech giant IBM — I’m still shocked at what I found out about Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students: They have some of the largest disparities in education such as high secondary school dropout rates and low college attendance.  In addition, AAPI students have educational levels that are below the national average, with several ranking among the lowest in the nation.

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The Creation—and Consequences—of the Model Minority Myth

July 6, 2011

Asian-Americans face significant challenges to getting their education, says a new report out from the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. And the study has got everyone from experts to students talking, because the findings fly in the face of conventional wisdom about Asian American students as high-achieving, so-called model minorities.

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Not all Asians complete college

July 1, 2011

Not all Asian-American students go to Harvard, Stanford, MIT and Cal Tech. A majority of Asian/Pacific Islander students attend community colleges, according to a report by NYU Professor Robert Teranishi. College-going and graduation rates are very high for East Asian and South Asian students, much lower for Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders.

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New Voice for Asian Students

June 28, 2011

As they explained why they were forming a new association for colleges that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, higher education officials at a news briefing Monday cited themes they’ve discussed many times over. They lamented how this specialized population is growing faster than any other and yet lacks institutional support; how Asian students’ geographic region of origin can be a significant predictor of what type of college they’ll attend and whether they’ll succeed; and how the general public continues to wrongly believe that Asian students — the “model minority” — exceed in all aspects in college.

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Group Finds Research Lacking for Asian/Pacific Islander Students

June 27, 2011

As a group, Asian American and Pacific islander students often perform at the top of all student groups on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and other assessments, yet the perception of these students as a “model minority” has led to less nuanced research on one of the most diverse racial groups in America, according to leaders of the new Asian American Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities.

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Is the ‘Model Minority’ really just a myth?

June 17, 2010

A report released yesterday challenges the idea that Asian-American students are all succeeding in higher education. “The reality is the prevailing model minority myth is inaccurate, misleading, and damaging,” says the report, by the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education.

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Report busts misconceptions of API students in higher education

June 17, 2010

On June 16, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) hosted a national media conference call to release and discuss its report, “Federal Higher Education Policy Priorities and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community.” The report was written by CARE with support from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), which also participated in the conference.

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Report Reveals Common Misconceptions About Needs of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Students in Higher Education

June 14, 2010

On Wednesday, June 16, 2010, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) will host a national media conference call to release and discuss its report, “Federal Higher Education Policy Priorities and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community.” The report was written by CARE with support from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), which will also participate in the call.

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