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As APIASF works to accelerate the success of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students in higher education, strengthen institutional capacity at the colleges and universities they attend, and help mobilize resources to create widespread change, research serves as the foundation to accomplish this mission. In addition to completing its own research reports, APIASF works with some of the nation's leading researchers and national education organizations to provide more accurate data on the community, dispel misperceptions, and better inform education policy and practices to increase equity for APIA students. The resulting data helps ensure that APIA students will have the resources to become future leaders who excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and contribute to a vibrant America.

APIASF Reports

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Boys and Men: The Risk of Being Missed in the U.S. 2020 Census

APIASF and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) released the report, "Asian American and Pacific Islander Boys and Men: The Risk of Being Missed in the U.S. 2020 Census," which observes the challenges that make it harder to reach and include Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) boys and men in Census counts. The report examines how low educational attainment, high levels of incarceration, homelessness, and poverty impact the collection of data on AAPI boys and men and the economic implications of being undercounted by the Census. Perpetual challenges to undercounting AAPIs include language and cultural barriers — especially for immigrants who misunderstand the purpose of the Census, how the data is used, and whether they are eligible to participate.

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2016 ARC Report

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), in partnership with the Asian American & Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC), released the "Invisible Financial Barriers to College Access for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans" report, which highlights the financial barriers that Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students face transitioning into postsecondary education.

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 Asian American Students

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 is the ACT annual report on the progress of US high school graduates relative to college readiness. This year's report shows that 59% of students in the 2015 US graduating class took the ACT® test, up from 57% last year and 49% in 2011. The increased number of test takers over the past several years enhances the breadth and depth of the data pool, providing a comprehensive picture of the current graduating class in the context of college readiness as well as offering a glimpse at the emerging educational pipeline.

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 Pacific Islander Students

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 is the ACT annual report on the progress of US high school graduates relative to college readiness. This year's report shows that 59% of students in the 2015 US graduating class took the ACT® test, up from 57% last year and 49% in 2011. The increased number of test takers over the past several years enhances the breadth and depth of the data pool, providing a comprehensive picture of the current graduating class in the context of college readiness as well as offering a glimpse at the emerging educational pipeline.

Download The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 Pacific Islander Students


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2015 CARE Report

The 2015 CARE Report, The Impact of Scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander American Community College Students: Findings from an Experimental Design Study, outlines the measurable impact of scholarship funding on the educational experiences and academic achievement of APIA community college students from three AANAPISI campus partners: City College of San Francisco, De Anza College, and South Seattle College.

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: Asian Students

ACT and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) collaborated and released the reports, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: Asian Students to examine the academic preparation and postsecondary aspirations of students in these two groups among 2014 high school graduates who took the ACT® test.

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: Pacific Islander Students

ACT and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) collaborated and released The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: Pacific Islander Students to examine the academic preparation and postsecondary aspirations of students in these two groups among 2014 high school graduates who took the ACT® test.

Download The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: Pacific Islander Students Report


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APIASF Scholar Perspectives Report

The 2013 APIASF Scholar Perspectives Report, A National Report on the Needs and Experiences of Low-Income Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Recipients is the first of its kind to delve into the needs and experiences of high-performing, low-income APIA scholarship recipients. The data in this report serves as the foundation for APIASF's evidence-based Scholar programs and services and helps to better inform program and policy decisions at the institutional, state, and federal levels that will accelerate student success.

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AAAS Reports

Invisible Newcomers
Refugees From Burma/Myanmar And Bhutan In The United States

Invisible Newcomers

Refugees from Burma/Myanmar and Bhutan in the United States, written by researchers at the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), exposes the demographic characteristics, challenges and policy implications of the two largest refugee arrivals to the U.S., who are largely invisible in the current national discourse on Asian American socioeconomic outcomes.

Download the APIASF & AAAS Invisible Newcomers Report


The PEER Project

In 2012, APIASF partnered with The National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE) to create the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project. The PEER project works through strategic partnerships with colleges and universities to help ensure that past access and success challenges experienced by the APIA student population do not continue. Specifically, collaborative work with three of the nation's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions-De Anza College, City College of San Francisco, and South Seattle Community College-strives to advance America's national college completion goals and the democratic mission of higher education.

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2014 PEER Report

The 2014 PEER report, Measuring the Impact of MSI-Funded Programs on Student Success: Findings from the Evaluation on Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), evaluates the effectiveness of minority-serving institution (MSI) grant-funded student programs at AANAPISIs, one of the newest MSI designations. The second publication in the PEER project's series of research on AANAPISIs, this report closely examines AANAPISI-funded programs and their effects on student success at three AANAPISIs, De Anza College, City College of San Francisco and South Seattle Community College.

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2013 PEER Report

The 2013 PEER Report: Findings from the First Year of Research on AANAPISIs summarizes the successes and challenges seen in designated and funded Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). The report is the first in a series from the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project.

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CARE

In 2009, APIASF embarked on a new partnership with the National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE) to address the need for disaggregated data to support APIA students. CARE aims to engage realistic and actionable discussions about the mobility and educational opportunities for APIAs and how distinctions of race, ethnicity, language and other factors play out in the day-to-day operations of America's education system. Their goal is to provide research on key issues and trends related to access and participation of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in higher education.

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2015 CARE Report

The 2015 CARE Report, The Impact of Scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander American Community College Students: Findings from an Experimental Design Study, outlines the measurable impact of scholarship funding on the educational experiences and academic achievement of APIA community college students from three AANAPISI campus partners: City College of San Francisco, De Anza College, and South Seattle College.

Download the 2015 CARE Report


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2011 CARE Report

The 2011 Care Report: The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda focuses on the relevance of the APIA population to the national college completion agenda. The research is guided by four pillars of education and social change: policy, institutions, research and strategic action.

Download the 2011 CARE Report
Download the 2011 CARE Research Brief
View the 2011 CARE Report press release


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2010 CARE Report

The 2010 CARE Report: Federal Higher Education Policy Priorities and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Community looks into the need for the United States to increase college degree attainment to stay competitive in the global economy, relating it to the needs of the APIA community. The focus of the report surrounds three principals: education and workforce development, APIAs in the community college sector and minority-serving institution legislation.

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2010 CARE Report General Key Findings
Community College Key Findings
Leadership and Workforce Development Key Findings
MSI and AANAPISI Key Findings


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2008 CARE Report

The 2008 CARE Report, titled Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight, debunks the "model minority" myth associated with Asian Americans and looks into how these false assumptions have affected the APIA community in higher education.

Download the 2008 CARE Report