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
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
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
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
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
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).