Press Releases

April 10, 2014

Tia T. Gordon
202-906-0149 or 202-756-4851

Katie Tran-Lam
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

New Study Examines The Impact Of Targeted Funding At Asian American And Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions

Tracking Resources at Colleges Serving Large Concentrations of Asian and Pacific Islander American Students Offer Important Lessons for Other Minority-Serving Institutions, Students of Color

Washington, D.C., April 10, 2014--It is estimated that by 2050, the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) population in the United States is projected to reach nearly 40 million people. As our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is critically important to promote college success among students of color. Minority-Serving institutions (MSIs) enroll a disproportionately high concentration of low-income minority students, reinforcing these institutions' relevancy to our nation's higher education policy priorities of increasing college degree attainment among all students. Unfortunately, MSIs often face an array of problems including underfunding, low retention rates, and overall performance levels.

In a new report, Measuring the Impact of MSI-Funded Programs on Student Success, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE) discuss the ways in which funding is being leveraged at one of the newer MSI programs: Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). The study tracks the impact of targeted interventions on the institutional performance of AANAPISIs that were part of the first group of institutions funded by Congress in 2008--City College of San Francisco, De Anza College, and South Seattle Community College. Evaluation of the three AANAPISI-funded programs are meant to provide higher education policymakers, practitioners, and researchers with a deeper understanding of innovative and scalable practices that may help elevate student success in various areas such as course performance, transition to college-level courses, persistence, degree attainment, and transfer from two- to four-year institutions.

The report's findings reveal the critical role of the federal government to increase the capacity of institutions serving low-income minority students. The following pinpoints the extent to which MSI-funded programs are contributing to student success and greater overall institutional performance:

"This report demonstrates the important role of targeted programs in enhancing successful outcomes at institutions that serve disproportionately high concentrations of low-income minority students," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF president & executive director. "The programs at AANAPISIs help address many of the challenges faced by APIA students and have the potential to impact thousands of additional students by being brought to scale. We need ongoing support for our APIA students--in addition to the scholars served by APIASF--to leverage the opportunity that exists at AANAPISIs."

Measuring the Impact of MSI-Funded Programs on Student Success is being released today at a special event hosted by the Center for American Progress titled, "The Changing Face of America: Higher Education Policy and the Role of Minority Serving Institutions," during which a distinguished panel will discuss the report's findings. Panelists include Martha Kanter, distinguished visiting professor of higher education, New York University and former president, De Anza College; Deborah A. Santiago, chief operating officer and vice president for policy, Excelencia in Education; and Ajita Talwalker, senior policy advisor for education, Domestic Policy Council, The White House, along with Horikoshi, serving as the moderator, and Teranishi, presenting the study's other key data.

The report is the second in a series from APIASF and CARE as part of their work through the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project, a national three-year initiative bringing additional attention to and improving educational outcomes for APIA college students. Other activities from the PEER project include providing academic scholarships, institutional capacity-building efforts, and institutional collaboration based on research. In addition, APIASF and CARE launched in March 2013 the "We're the Changing Face of America" campaign, to help ensure that access and success challenges experienced by the APIA student population do not continue.

Support from the PEER project was received from the Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, USA Funds, and Walmart Foundation. To date, the PEER project has become one of the largest investments in history in support of the APIA student population, receiving more than $2 million.

To learn more about the PEER project, visit APIASF's website at and CARE's website at Also, follow APIASF on Facebook ( and Twitter ( Details about the "We're the Changing Face of America" campaign can be found by visiting

About the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $80 million in scholarships to APIA students across the country and in the Pacific Islands. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions scholarship program, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About the National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education

The National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE) identifies and examines key issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) student access and success in U.S. higher education. The CARE project is informed by a national commission, consisting of K-12 and higher education professionals, policymakers and public officials, researchers and leaders of advocacy organizations, as well as a research advisory group and a research team. CARE aims to assess APIA participation in higher education across various U.S. regions with consideration for the differences in socioeconomic, ethnic and national backgrounds among these students.