The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population has been doubling in size nearly every decade since 1960. By 2050, the number of AAPIs in the U.S. is projected to reach 40 million. This rapidly changing demography, influenced by changes in immigration policy, has a significant impact on the K-12 and college-age student population. This report emphasizes the importance of higher education reforms that: (a) are cognizant of the needs and diversity of AAPI college students, and (b) promote equity by minimizing barriers to education. Universities, the authors argue, must be responsive to diverse student populations, including AAPIs. Lastly, changes at the policy, institutional (i.e. programmatic), research, and public advocacy level are addressed.
National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education & The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. (2011). The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda. Washington, DC.