2011 APIASF Higher Education Summit

APIASF Higher Education Summit Series

APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, June 27 - June 28, 2011

As a part of the APIASF Higher Education Summit series, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) will host the APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans on June 27-28, 2011 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. This two-part forum will bring together a group of multicultural political leaders, higher education researchers and administrators, representatives from the private and government sectors, community organizations, foundations, and students, to generate an active dialogue on the national college completion agenda and its impact on the APIA community. The attendance on the first day of the forum is open to the public. The second day of the forum is by invitation only.

With a recent national call to action, stakeholders across the country are making investments to increase college completion rates in the United States. The 2009 American Graduate Initiative introduced by President Obama led to many foundations like the Lumina Foundation and the Gates Foundation to direct their efforts toward increasing the number of Americans with post-secondary degrees. In addition to foundations, other key stakeholders, such as institutes of higher education, researchers, federal government, and community groups have integrated this priority into their existing work. Recent projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a 2010 report produced by the Center on Education and the Workforce indicate the fastest growing and most in-demand jobs will require some level of postsecondary education or training. Ensuring a pipeline of diverse workers and future leadership is critical to the success of the American society as a whole in an increasingly global economy. The APIA community continues to be one of the fastest growing populations within the United States. Large disparities within the APIA population exist with regard to high school dropout rates, college attendance, college completion rates, workforce mobility, and obtainment of leadership and decision-making positions in the workforce. To ensure the success of APIA students within the college completion agenda, it is critical to understand the unique experiences of students, develop best practices and policies to support APIA student success, and examine the role of various stakeholders in increasing APIA college completion. The APIASF College Completion Forum is intended to facilitate the dialogue to address these topics.

The first day of the event, which is open to the public, will consist of a significant forum that will bring together a multi-cultural group of stakeholders including educators, students, researchers, government representatives, corporate leaders and community members, to discuss the national college completion agenda and its impact on the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. One of the highlights of the event will be the presentation of new research by the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE). The 2011 CARE Report will be an important point of reference for the ongoing college completion dialogue and APIA educational experience. The day will conclude with a special reception and will be attended by key leaders in the education, policy, non-profit, private and public sectors. This reception co-hosted by APIASF, the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) will recognize the work of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The second day of the event, which is invitations only, will comprise of a select group of key stakeholders who play an integral role in fulfilling the APIA college completion agenda. The goals include: (a) discussing the national college completion agenda and its impact on the APIA community, (b) strategically assessing existing initiatives intended to support APIA college completion and the role of various stakeholders in increasing APIA college completion, and (c) collaboratively building strategies to facilitate college completion among APIA students.

For additional information about the event please contact Katie Tran-Lam, Director of Communications and Marketing, at ktranlam@apiasf.org or (202) 747-7236.

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