Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities are growing at a faster rate than any other racial group in the United States. The opportunity to address significant inequities impacting this community is hiding in our country’s postsecondary data. Collections of data at the U.S. Department of Education and our institutions of higher education aggregate AAPI communities under the umbrella categories of “Asian” or “Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.” As a result, the data mask inequities and decrease efforts to provide intentional student supports.
Committed to improving college access and success in higher education for all students, with a special focus on underserved populations
Through the PostsecData Collaborative, IHEP is leading efforts to improve postsecondary education data quality and use. For example, in May 2016, IHEP collaborated with partners to publish 11 policy papers on Envisioning the National Postsecondary Infrastructure in the 21st Century – the largest effort to date aimed at improving national postsecondary data systems. Explore the policy recommendations here.