The CARE project conducts research and engages in policy advocacy through collaborative efforts that address key issues related to AAPI access and success in education. Key areas that are currently being studied include demographic and institutional characteristics, indicators and outcomes for access and success in higher education, critiques of normative and deficit models, and policy research. For each of these topics, we examine what defines the issue, how the issue is articulated, and if there are practical solutions that can be pursued to inform the work of educators, policymakers, and practitioners.
The face of American education from K-12 to higher education is at the crossroads of tremendous demographic changes. According to the 2010 U.S. Census data, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population is projected to reach nearly 40 million people by 2050. Data also show AAPI students will experience a 35 percent increase in college enrollment over the next decade. AAPI students are undoubtedly a rapidly growing population; and, therefore, supporting them can only produce greater civic engagement, economic growth, and leadership development.
In 2013, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) – with generous support from ETS and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) – launched the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) data quality campaign.