Research

Learn more about the APIA community through vetted research and publications from APIA Scholars and other leading research and education organizations.

APIASF and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) released the report, “Asian American and Pacific Islander Boys and Men: The Risk of Being Missed in the U.S. 2020 Census,” which observes the challenges that make it harder to reach and include Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) boys and men in Census counts. The report examines how low educational attainment, high levels of incarceration, homelessness, and poverty impact the collection of data on AAPI boys and men and the economic implications of being undercounted by the Census. Perpetual challenges to undercounting AAPIs include language and cultural barriers — especially for immigrants who misunderstand the purpose of the Census, how the data is used, and whether they are eligible to participate.

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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), in partnership with the Asian American & Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC), released the “Invisible Financial Barriers to College Access for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans” report, which highlights the financial barriers that Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students face transitioning into postsecondary education.

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 is the ACT annual report on the progress of US high school graduates relative to college readiness. This year’s report shows that 59% of students in the 2015 US graduating class took the ACT® test, up from 57% last year and 49% in 2011. The increased number of test takers over the past several years enhances the breadth and depth of the data pool, providing a comprehensive picture of the current graduating class in the context of college readiness as well as offering a glimpse at the emerging educational pipeline.

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 is the ACT annual report on the progress of US high school graduates relative to college readiness. This year’s report shows that 59% of students in the 2015 US graduating class took the ACT® test, up from 57% last year and 49% in 2011. The increased number of test takers over the past several years enhances the breadth and depth of the data pool, providing a comprehensive picture of the current graduating class in the context of college readiness as well as offering a glimpse at the emerging educational pipeline.

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The 2015 CARE Report, The Impact of Scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander American Community College Students: Findings from an Experimental Design Study, outlines the measurable impact of scholarship funding on the educational experiences and academic achievement of APIA community college students from three AANAPISI campus partners: City College of San Francisco, De Anza College, and South Seattle College.

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The 2013 APIASF Scholar Perspectives Report, A National Report on the Needs and Experiences of Low-Income Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Recipients is the first of its kind to delve into the needs and experiences of high-performing, low-income APIA scholarship recipients. The data in this report serves as the foundation for APIASF’s evidence-based Scholar programs and services and helps to better inform program and policy decisions at the institutional, state, and federal levels that will accelerate student success.

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Refugees from Burma/Myanmar and Bhutan in the United States, written by researchers at the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), exposes the demographic characteristics, challenges and policy implications of the two largest refugee arrivals to the U.S., who are largely invisible in the current national discourse on Asian American socioeconomic outcomes.

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The 2011 Care Report: The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda focuses on the relevance of the APIA population to the national college completion agenda. The research is guided by four pillars of education and social change: policy, institutions, research and strategic action.

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The 2010 CARE Report: Federal Higher Education Policy Priorities and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Community looks into the need for the United States to increase college degree attainment to stay competitive in the global economy, relating it to the needs of the APIA community. The focus of the report surrounds three principals: education and workforce development, APIAs in the community college sector and minority-serving institution legislation.

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The 2008 CARE Report, titled Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight, debunks the “model minority” myth associated with Asian Americans and looks into how these false assumptions have affected the APIA community in higher education.

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