Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education

One of the most urgent challenges facing the United States in the 21st century is increasing the proportion of Americans with a high-quality post-secondary credential to meet the growing needs and changing demands of a global economy. This can be achieved only through the participation of all Americans, including underrepresented racial minority groups, low-income students, immigrants, and language minorities. How and with what urgency the United States is able to respond to the inequitable access and outcomes that exist in higher education will determine its future prosperity, national security, and ability to compete in the global arena. It is within this context that this entry highlights the relevance of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student population—a large and growing segment of American higher ...

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