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CARE Report in the News : 2012-2013


Asian Pacific Americans Still Battling Stereotype of Not Being Assertive Enough to Lead
April 28, 2013

Nationally, only 1.5 percent of college presidents were of Asian descent in 2011, according to the American Council on Education. That figure was similar five years earlier -- as well as 25 years earlier. Over the years, incumbent and former Asian-American presidents have told Diverse that their scarcity is tied in part to the so-called bamboo ceiling, a misconception that Asians aren't assertive enough for leadership. Read More >>


Steinhardt Professor Receives Two Million Dollar Grant
November 5, 2012

The Kresge Foundation, USA Funds and the Wal-Mart Foundation recently awarded Steinhardt professor Robert Teranishi $2 million to support his research on the Asian American and Pacific Islander student populace. Through his project called PEER - Partnership for Equity in Education through Research - Teranishi aims to collect information on AAPI students to help them succeed in their higher education pursuits. Read More >>


Jeff Yang in WSJ Deconstructs "Model Minority" & "New Jews" Stereotypes of Asian Americans
October 30, 2012

The "model minority" myth applied to Asian Americans has been a persistent trope since the phrase's first use in 1965 by a sociologist in a New York Times column that used it to face off Japanese Americans against African Americans. The not-so-subtle underlying message was, 'look at this Asian minority, they went through hell during World War II (the imprisonment of more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent in American concentration camp) and faced racism for most a century, yet they work hard, don't complain and succeed as students and employees.' Read More >>


University of Texas to Initiate Financial Aid Program
October 24, 2012

The University of Texas will initiate a program next year for 200 incoming freshmen that will reduce student loans if they graduatate in four years. The two main goals of the pilot program are to encourage students to graduate more quickly and to help reduce student loans. Read More >>


Goodbye, Affirmative Action?
October 24, 2012

Under affirmative action, Kahlenberg says, "univerities assemble classes with fairly wealthy students of all races. As long as universities are allowed to use race in admissions, they are unlikely to pay attention to socioeconomic status. Rather than use race as a proxy for disadvantage, a fair system would give the preference based on disadvantage itself. This way, we add economic diversity alongside racial and ethnic diversity." Read More >>


Private College Stoked, Public College Broke
September, 2012

We've long been proud of our great public universities in the United States. Historically, they've been both superb and inexpensive. The University of California system has long represented a pinnacle of scholarship, even as it has helped to make higher education affordable to thousands of Californians. But now UC and other state schools across the nation have been subject to severe cuts, and tuitions have been rising. With fewer resources, state schools now have a tougher time holding their own against elite private universities. In advance of the Zócalo event "Can the Next President Put Public Universities Back On Top?" we asked several education policy mavens for their thoughts on the following question: Will America's public universities remain competitive with elite private universities in their teaching and research? Read More >>


The Perception Gap
September 19, 2012

Notice the faces. The Asian ones. These "new Jews," as author Daniel Golden termed them, are on campuses across the country. Making that same comparison, Jonathan Zimmerman in the Chronicle of Higher Education says at one point Jews were up to 12 percent of college student bodies and faculty, yet not even three percent of U.S. population. The suggestion: at six percent of the population, Asian American and Pacific Islanders (or AAPIs) do so well in gaining acceptance into places like Harvard -- where they make up 21 percent of the class of 2016 -- all is fine when it comes to education in the AAPI community. Read More >>


UT affirmative action case divides Asian-Americans
August 19, 2012

On its surface, the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas revolves around whether the school's consideration of race in admissions led to the rejection of a white student.

But as the case nears the Supreme Court's fall docket, it is also stirring a debate about the impact of affirmative action policies on Asian-American students and casting a spotlight on the stereotype of Asian-Americans as "the model minority." Read More >>


Asian-American rift over Supreme Court affirmative action case
August 14, 2012

On Monday, dozens of Asian-American organizations filed amicus briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that universities should be allowed to consider race in admissions decisions. Five Asian-American groups were not among them. Read More >>


Color-blind or Just Blind? – The Latest Challenge to Affirmative Action
August 13, 2012

Supporters of affirmative action file their amici briefs today in support of University of Texas (UT)-Austin in Fisher vs UT-Austin, the latest Supreme Court case on race-conscious college admissions. Conservative pundits are quick to point to Asian Americans as a racial minority unfairly disadvantaged by affirmative action, and the mainstream media holds up Asian Americans as the new face of affirmative action opponents. What is at stake for Asian Americans in this national debate? Listen to segment here >>


MHS Alumna Represents Islanders in Higher Education Summit
July 12, 2012

Gates Millenium scholar Samantha Birmingham-Babauta was scholar representative in the third annual Higher Education Summit held at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. last month. In an email to Variety, Birmingham-Babauta said, "As a Gates Millennium and Asian Pacific Islander Scholar, I was selected as a scholar representative for the Pacific islands."

The summit afforded participants like Birmingham-Babauta an opportunity to engage in discussions centering on national priorities regarding diversity, equity and demographic engagement, and on identifying key stakeholders and resources. Read More >>


Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Research Initiative to Examine Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Success
July 11, 2012

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) have secured $2 million in foundation grants to fund one of the largest research projects to explore Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college student success.
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Research Initiative to Examine Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Success
July 11, 2012

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) have secured $2 million in foundation grants to fund one of the largest research projects to explore Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college student success.
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AdAge Blogs: Why is Pew Being Bashed for Its Glowing Study of Asian Americans?>
June 27, 2012

The Pew Research Center seems to have done everything right in its recently released study on Asian Americans. The researchers incorporated a huge sample size -- 3,511 Asian Americans -- and conducted interviews in seven Asian languages. They ensured that the six largest Asian ethnic groups were represented by a sample size of at least 500, and each -- Chinese-, Filipino-, Indian-, Vietnamese-, Korean- and Japanese-Americans -- is analyzed separately in its own section of the report. Pew solicited support from a panel of Asian American scholars and worked closely with Janelle Wong, director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. Pew's pronouncement that Asian immigration, at 430,000 in 2010, had surpassed that of Hispanics, garnered headlines on all the major news networks, bringing worldwide attention to an oft ignored demographic.

Yet they're getting blasted by Asian American organizations. Read More >>


Huffington Post-Education: Affirmative Action Admissions: Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Practices, Survey Finds
June 26, 2012

New findings throw a wrench in an already heated debate on the proper place of affirmative action in college admission. According to two new reports, most Asian Americans support race-conscious practices in college admissions. The Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) both released reports this month citing a plethora of evidence suggesting that most Asian-Americans oppose race-blind admissions processes. Read More >>


The Daily Beast: Asian-Americans Reject 'Good' News in Pew Report
June 26, 2012

A glowing report hailing Asian-Americans as better educated, wealthier, and happier than other minority groups has been greeted with grumbling. Joie Chen on why the complaints are more than just hypersensitivity.
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AALDEF: The Majority of Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Admissions Policies
June 25, 2012

In anticipation of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) and National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) have released policy papers examining Asian American support for race-conscious policies. Both papers cite multiple surveys of Asian Americans that consistently demonstrate that a majority of Asian Americans oppose abolishing race-conscious admissions policies. Read More >>


Good Education: We're Not Your Model Minority: Asian American Education Groups Dispute Pew Report
June 23, 2012

A joint statement from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education says painting such a rosy picture ignores the challenges around poverty and educational access that recent AAPI immigrants face. They also warn that promoting such an image of AAPI students contributes "to their exclusion from federally-supported policies, programs, and initiatives." Read More >>


The Globe and Mail: Asian Americans Will Play Key Role in Choosing Next U.S. President
June 22, 2012

As Asian Americans displace Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants, they are poised to become equally important in future elections, with Democrats and Republicans suddenly keen to shore up support in a diverse demographic that includes everyone from Indians to Japanese to Vietnamese. So far, experts say, those efforts have been limited. Read More >>


The Chronicle of Higher Education: Debunking the Myths about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
June 22, 2012

This past Wednesday, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Summittook place in Washington, D.C. The Summit is aimed at educating and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI's) as well as educating majority communities about the diversity of AAPI's. Read More >>


Diverse Issues in Higher Education: 'Model Minority' Myth Dispelled at AAPI Summit
June 21, 2012

In order to live up to the designation of being an Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, or an AANAPISI, a college or university must instill the idea into its campus ethos. Read More >>


Inside Higher Ed: Dispute Over Report on Asian Americans
June 20, 2012

A joint statement from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education said that the data presented by Pew obscured continuing challenges facing recent Asian immigrants (as opposed to those here for several generations).
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APIASF/CARE Statement: Higher Education Leaders Disappointed in New Pew Research Center Data Stating Asian American Students are 'Best Educated'
June 19, 2012

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE)--the leading AAPI student- and research-focused organizations, respectively--are extremely dismayed with today's release of the new Pew Research Center study, The Rise of Asian Americans, which only reinforces the mischaracterizations of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students that contribute to their exclusion from federally-supported policies, programs, and initiatives. Read More >>


Inside Higher Ed: Asians and Affirmative Action
May 30, 2012

A brief filed Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court seeks to shake up the legal and political calculus of a case that could determine the constitutionality of programs in which colleges consider the race or ethnicity of applicants. In the brief, four Asian-American organizations call on the justices to bar all race-conscious admissions decisions, arguing that race-neutral policies are the only way for Asian-American applicants to get a fair shake.
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National Journal – The Next America: Asians Often Burdened as Model Minority
May 15, 2012

A stereotype plagues the Asian demographic: They're good, smart kids. And they don't need much attention in school because they do so well. America's wholesale perception of the Asian demographic as one with good ethics, studious appetites, and a quiet persistence began in 1966 with an article by William Petersen in The New York Times Magazine. In it, he described the values inherent in Japanese culture that made them a "model minority" for U.S. society, theorizing that their good qualities stemmed from cultural values. All of a sudden, Asians were the group to compare other minorities to, becoming a standard of achievement for anyone who was not white.
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The Long Path from Bangladesh to College in America
May 1, 2012

There is a small row of Irish pubs in Woodside, Queens, just under the metal subway bridge — reminders of another time. Today, the streets teem with tiny bodegas selling fried egg rolls and spicy lamb curry to the Filipino and Bangladeshi families who now fill most of the surrounding homes.

"I think what is concerning for me is that people are moving toward a narrative that talks about Asians as a non-minority minority group," said Robert Teranishi, author of Asians in the Ivory Tower. Read More >>