Media Coverage of CARE's Efforts: 2012-2013
Data Disaggregation: Taking CARE of the Model Minority Myth
July 10, 2013
Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) students exist in an interesting place, especially in the context of higher education. On one hand, they are often grouped together with White students because of their perceived success as a group, however, one cannot deny that they encounter the same struggles that their Black and Latino/a counterparts have to deal with as well. AAPI students often have to battle this Model Minority Myth. Read More >>
In 2008, the federal government launched a program to allow some universities to identify themselves as Asian-American, Native American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI). However, according to Ronald Roach of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, of the 153 schools around the country that qualify for the designation, only 78 have applied for it and received it so far. And of those winning the designation, only 21 actually received federal grants that are supposed to help recruit and retain Asian-American and Pacific Islander students. Read More >>
A report from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) challenges the "model minority" myth and underscores its consequences for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Read More >>
The Case for Asian-Serving Colleges
June 25, 2013
The "misperception" that all Asian-American and Pacific Islander students are high-achieving and immune from financial challenges has created barriers for the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, says a study released today. The study finds that colleges that have been designated as serving Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander students could significantly support low-income students from those groups and help bust the "model minority" myth. But relatively few of those colleges have qualified so far to receive funds through the federal program set up for that purpose. Read More >>
About 35 percent more Asian-American and Pacific Islander undergraduate students are likely to be on campuses over the next decade. To meet this growing demand, new research and efforts are emerging to best serve them. A report out earlier this month underscored the need to understand the diversity of the population and collect data based on students' countries of origin. In addition, a national public-awareness campaign, "We're Changing the Face of America" was launched in March by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. Read More >>
Among the 153 U.S. colleges and universities eligible to become federally designated as Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), only 78 of those schools have sought and been granted the distinction since 2008, when the federal program was launched. Of the 78, just 21 schools have received AANAPISI program funding, which is aimed at improving the retention, transfer and graduation rates of underserved Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Read More >>
Arise America: Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
June 20, 2013
Hmong, Indian, What's the Difference?
June 14, 2013
Recent news on the higher education scene has turned attention to the Asian American case, or cases we should say. A team of education researchers led by Dr. Robert Teranishi used data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and the University of California higher education system to make the case that Asian American ethnic groups are not all performing in the "model minority" way. As some readers know, Asian Americans tend to be grouped together as if they were a racial equivalent to "white" "black" and sometimes "Hispanic." Read More >>
Taken together on paper, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders appear to be a high-achieving bunch with few of the challenges faced by other racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. when it comes to education. Break these populations down into their many ethnic groups, however, and stark disparities emerge. Read More >>
Asian Groups, White House Seek Better Race Data
June 10, 2013
Asian-Americans are often very visible academically, such as the spelling bee champion whose family emigrated from India, the class valedictorian of Japanese descent or the Chinese-American champion at the science fair. But such successes mask the academic woes of others, such as Cambodians and Native Hawaiians, said Kiran Ahuja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Read More >>
The Deceptive Data on Asians
June 7, 2013
It is time to disaggregate data about Asian-American students as much as possible, says the report, issued by the Educational Testing Service and the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. The failure of most schools and colleges to do so has resulted in key problems facing Asian-American groups being "overlooked and misunderstood," said Robert T. Teranishi, associate professor of higher education at New York University and principal investigator for the report, during a news briefing. Read More >>
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students are a dynamic and heterogeneous group with great promise and even greater challenges. Yet methods of collecting and reporting data on their academic attainment conceal significant disparities in educational experiences and outcomes, according to a new report released at a symposium today in Washington, D.C. The report, iCount: A Data Quality Movement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education, highlights the need for, and benefits of, collecting and reporting disaggregated data for these students. The authors also offer recommendations for meeting this challenge to ensure a more effective and responsive system of education.Read More >>
When it comes to getting a college degree, the report notes that achievement varies widely depending on the ethnicity of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. While 74 percent of Taiwanese, 71 percent of Asian Indian, and 52 percent of Chinese hold bachelor's degrees, just 12 percent of Laotian, 14 percent of Cambodian, and 26 percent of Vietnamese do. This information on educational attainment for adults older than 25 comes from the the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. Some of these adults may have earned degrees in their homeland, while others did so after they came to the United States. Read More >>
In 2006, the University of California, Los Angeles, student newspaper published a story stating the UC system was admitting "an unprecedented number of Asian students" that, for the first time, vaulted them ahead of Whites as the racial group comprising the largest share of admissions.Read More >>
The National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE), and Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be releasing a new report, iCount: A Data Quality Movement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education, that highlights the need for, and benefits of, collecting and reporting disaggregated data for Asian American and Pacific Islander students. The report is being released in conjunction with the "iCount: Equity Through Representation" symposium, June 6-7, sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). The symposium is being held at the U.S. Department of Education. Read More >>
Though many Asian-American interest groups have lined up to support the University of Texas' affirmative action policy amid the Fisher v. University of Texas court battle, some Asian-American groups have sided with Abigail Fisher, arguing that race-conscious decisions in university admissions hurt qualified Asian-American students. Read More >>
The UCLA Asian American Studies Center is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Robert Teranishi as the inaugural holder of the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, effective Fall 2013, along with his appointment as Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Read More >>
Asian-American Students Hurt by Race Category
May 19, 2013
Samuel D. Museus, Dina C. Maramba, and CARE Principal Investigator, Robert T. Teranishi collaborated on a new edited volume, "The AAPI Experience: New Insights on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Implications for Higher Education." Featuring over a dozen top AAPI scholars in the U.S., the book features empirical research on many oft-overlooked experiences within the AAPI designation – from Asian evangelical Christians, to Hmong Americans, and a myriad of others. Read More >>
It is little wonder why Asian-Americans are perceived by the wider higher education community to be paragons of scholarly success, despite their treatment by the U.S. government, historically, as political pariahs (as seen in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the lawful internment of innocent Japanese-Americans during the early 1940s).Read More >>
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 >>
Immigration Reform Only Part of Education Access Issue
April 17, 2013
When Veronica Perez graduated high school in 2010, she thought college was out of her league. It wasn't the cost of a degree — not entirely. It certainly wasn't a lack of motivation — she'd like to be a mechanical engineer. It was the country on her birth certificate that kept her out of the classroom. Read More >>
In an effort to increase college access and completion among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) organizations have launched a national campaign to bring awareness to the challenges confronting AAPI students as well as to the solutions that will help them.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 >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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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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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 >>
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 >>
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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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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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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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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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 >>