5 AANAPISIs with Asian Pacific Islander Success Services

by See Xiong

Many support services for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students in higher education are made possible through grants from the US Department of Education’s AANAPISI grants. These programs below are recipients of AANAPISI grants and operate to support the academic success of AAPI students.

1. California State University, East Bay – SSOS & APASS

Hayward, California

Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay ran Student Service Operation for Success (SSOS) from 2011 to 2017 to provide support services to Asian and Pacific Islander students. The program ended in spring 2017. Transfer Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) was established in 2016 to focus on transfer students, which launched in the summer of 2017 to operate through the end of 2020-2021 academic year. These programs are part of the Asian Pacific American Student Success umbrella, which is the name for the Cal State East Bay’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative. The Cal State AAPI Initiatives were developed among Cal State campuses to improve “college access and graduation achievement for Asian American and Pacific Islander students from underserved communities.” Both SSOS and APASS received AANAPISI grants.

2. California State University, Sacramento – FCP

Sacramento, California

Sac State

Cal State Sacramento received AANAPISI grants to operate Full Circle Project (FCP). FCP is a collaborative effort of the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Asian American Studies program to improve retention and graduation rates of underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other high-need students.” FCP provides supports with academic and career planning and community and leadership engagement opportunities.

3. University of Massachusetts, Boston – AASSP

Boston, Massachusetts

Umass Boston AASSP

The UMass Boston’s Asian American Student Success Program (AASSP) supports students with admission to UMass Boston and provides academic support for these students throughout their duration at the university. They also connect students to peer mentors, academic coaches, and provide support in career development.

4. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – AACE Project

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Twin Cities AACE

The UMTC’s Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project provides academic support services to improve academic experiences and outcome of their AAPI students. AACE was launched in spring 2017 with $1.75 million grant from the US Department of Education to run the program for five years.

5. Pierce College – ASPIRE

Lakewood, Washington

Pierce College ASPIRE

Pierce College’s program is called Asian American and Pacific Islanders Reaching their Potential through Education (ASPIRE). ASPIRE supports students with services in academic, financial and career planning; cultural and educational mentoring; research on scholarship opportunities; serving learning; and support in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

5 MSIs With the Highest Percentage of International Students

by See Xiong

In 2018, the Migration Policy Institute reports the United States remains the #1 destination for international students, hosting 1.1 million of the 4.6 million students enrolled outside of their home country worldwide in 2017. In 2017, the US hosted approximately 24% of the worldwide international students, way ahead of the 2nd top destination United Kingdom at 11%, and the 3rd top destination China at 10%.

The latest data reported from U.S. News in 2018shows the percentage of international students throughout US higher education institutions for the 2016-2017 academic year. Below the five MSIs with the highest percentage of international students per their total student body.

Woodbury University

1. Woobury University 24% (HSI)

Founded in 1884 in California, Woodbury University is a small private, non-profit institution with locations in Burbank, San Diego, and Hollywood with enrollment of 1,135 undergraduate students and 183 graduate students. International students come from over 40 countries and students are supported through English language coaches, academic peer mentors, student affairs academic advisors, faculty academic advisors, workshops, course resource about intercultural diversity, cultural experiences in southern California, and students can find support through the Woodbury International Student Organization (WISO).

University of San Francisco

2. University of San Francisco 18% (AANAPISI)

UCF is a Jesuit Catholic private university established in 1855 in California’s Bay Area. The University reports an enrollment of 6,745 undergraduate and 4,273 graduate students in 2016. In fall 2017, UCF served 1,134 international students from 99 countries. UCF provides support to international students with document processing and advising; assistance with living abroad; orientation with student life; and training for job success. Students can also participate in the International Student Association (ISA), which represent the USF international study body.

UC Irvine Medical Center

3. University of California, Irvine 16% (HSI & AANAPISI)

UCI is a public research university established in 1965 as one of the ten University of California campuses and designated as HSI and AANAPISI. In fall 2017 there were a total of 29,307 undergraduate and 6,651 graduate (including Health Sciences) students enrolled students. The international population at UCI includes 6,792 students and 1,281 scholars. The UCI International Center provides a variety of support to international students and scholars, from documents processing and workshop to English conversation program and cultural events.

New York Institute of Technology

4. New York Institute of Technology 15% (AANAPISI)

NYIT was founded in 1955 as a private university in Old Westbury, New York (Long Island). NYIT is one university with six locations: Manhattan, NY; Long Island, NY; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Amirates; Nanjing, China; Vancouver, Canada; and the NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is currently located on Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The campuses in Manhattan and Long Island provide support to international students with adjustment to college, immigration documents and questions, English language instruction, and career services. Students can seek out services through the Office for International Education and join the International Student Association.

University of the District of Columbia

5. University of the District of Columbia 14% (HBCU)

UDC is designated as a Historically Black College & University. UDC’s history dated back to Miner Normal School in 1851 founded by Myrtilla Miner and later into a four-year teacher’s college named Miner Teachers’ College. In 1955, it merged with Wilson Teacher’s College to form the District of Columbia Teacher’s College. In 1976, District of Columbia Teacher’s College merged with Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute to form what is known the University of the District of Columbia. UDC host students from over 80 countries and students can receive support from the Office of International Student Services. Supports include registration, work authorizations, traveling, reinstatements, change of status, transfers, extension of program and more.


4 Community College MSIs with LGBTQ+ Centers

By Sergio Gonzalez

From the very beginning of their foundation, community colleges have demonstrated a commitment to their founding principles of access, affordability, and quality to education. However, community colleges across the country lack proactive support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer (LGBTQ+) students, staff, and faculty. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights community colleges that are not only MSIs, but also have LGBTQ+ centers on their campuses.

1. Century College LGBTQ Center


Designated as an AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution), Century College is the first community and technical college in Minnesota with a designated space for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The LGBTQ Center is designed to be an open and inclusive space for anyone – particularly those exploring their sexual and gender identity/expression. The mission of the LGBTQ Center is to provide resources and support services to meet the academic, social, cultural, and emotional needs of LGBTQIA2S+ students, staff, faculty, and allies. For more information, click here.

2. Community College of Denver LGBTQ Resource Center


Located on the Auraria Campus, the LGBTQ Student Resource Center is a tri-institutional office serving the students, faculty, and staff of the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and University of Colorado at Denver. Known as an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution), the Community College of Denver’s LGTBQ Student Resource Center strives to improve the campus climate for LGBTQIA students by fostering acceptance and understanding through educating the campus community about issues related to this population. They continually develop programming that unites diverse communities of people, and provide support services and growth opportunities for LGBTQIA students to realize their fullest potential. For more information, click here.

3. Mt. San Antonio College Pride Center

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Recognized as an AANAPISI, Mt. SAC’s Pride Center provides a safe, supportive, and educational space for students across the gender sexuality spectrum. The Pride Center provides services that promote student success, including computer and printing services, tutoring, mentoring, a lending library, research assistance with an in-house Librarian, and academic support from faculty across various disciplines. The Pride Center also provides academic, professional, and therapeutic support with small group discussions, as well as educational opportunities for students, faculty, and the surrounding community to learn more about how best to support students’ achievement of their educational and professional goals. Additional information can be found here.

4. City College of San Francisco Queer Resource Center

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Located in the heart of the Bay Area, The Queer Resource Center seeks to empower the lives of the LGBTQQI students at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The intention of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) is to provide a safe, open, and confidential atmosphere where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students and their allies can gather openly and discuss relevant issues. The QRC provides opportunity to create community, get vital health literature and information, and help with academic planning, LGBT scholarship prospects, and educational goals. For more information, click here.