Tagged as the “model minority,” the fast-growing Asian-American and Pacific Islander population is overlooked in the college completion agenda, complains a report by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education.
While some Asian-American subgroups have very high college enrollment and graduation rates, other subgroups do not, concludes The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda.
While more than four out of five East Asians (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and South Asians (Asian Indian and Pakistani) who enrolled in college earned at least a bachelor’s degree, large proportions of other AAPI subgroups are attending college, but not earning a degree. Among Southeast Asians, 33.7 percent of Vietnamese, 42.9 percent of Cambodians, 46.5 percent of Laotians, and 47.5 percent of Hmong adults (25 years or older) reported having attended college, but not earning a degree.
Pacific Islanders also have a very high college attrition rate: 58 percent of Samoans started college, but left without a degree.
Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders were more likely to report an associate degreee as their highest level of education, while East Asians and South Asians were more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.