Research Areas

The CARE project conducts research and engages in policy advocacy through collaborative efforts that address key issues related to AAPI access and success in education. Key areas that are currently being studied include demographic and institutional characteristics, indicators and outcomes for access and success in higher education, critiques of normative and deficit models, and policy research. For each of these topics, we examine what defines the issue, how the issue is articulated, and if there are practical solutions that can be pursued to inform the work of educators, policymakers, and practioners.

For a list of resources that address the issues listed above, please download the bibliography (PDF).

Our ongoing research and policy efforts address issues affecting AAPIs related to the following:

Demographics and Populations

  • Ethnicity and culture
  • Immigrants and immigration patterns
  • Gender
  • Class issues
  • Regional Issues
  • Student identity issues
  • School and residential segregation
  • Language

Access and Success in Higher Education

  • Access and participation by sector (public/private, selective/non-selective, 2-year/4-year)
  • Attainment across fields (humanities and social science vs. hard science and prof. fields)
  • Attainment by degree type (AAs, BAs, MAs, Ph.D.s, etc.)
  • Campus climate issues
  • Mental health indicators

Normative Frameworks

  • "Model minority" myth
  • Meritocracy and equity
  • Normative frameworks
  • Black/White paradigm
  • Achievement and achievement gaps


  • High stakes testing and selettive college admissions
  • Immigration and language policy
  • Community colleges and remedial education
  • Minority-serving institutions
  • Workforce development
  • Legislative issues (i.e., No Child Left Behind)