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The Asian American & Pacific Islander Higher Education Resource Center (AAPIHERC) is an online clearinghouse and community for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) higher education professionals and higher education professionals who serve AAPI student populations. Due to a lack of information and AAPI-targeted strategies in higher education, the AAPIHERC seeks to:

  • identify promising practices for supporting AAPI college students;
  • promote professional development opportunities that target AAPI higher education professionals or address AAPI student needs;
  • catalog published research, data, and media about AAPIs in higher education;
  • encourage the further development of the federal Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) designation in higher education; and
  • create a community of higher education professionals concerned with the support and success of all AAPI students in colleges and universities.

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs, preferably pronounced ANA-pee-zee) are federally-designated colleges and universities recognized for having at least a 10% Asian American and Pacific Islander student population as well as a significant percentage of low income students. AANAPISI institutions are eligible to apply for grant funds from the Department of Education to develop programs and services that improve the retention and success rates of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students. In turn, this strengthens the institution as a whole.

Throught the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, $5 million per year from 2010 to 2020 has been allocated for new AANAPISI designations.

For a listing of all pilot and current AANAPISIs, please see the "Current AANAPISIs" page.

Other Resources about the AANAPISI Program:


Higher education professionals, including faculty and those in student affairs, will find a variety of information about and resources for supporting the success of all Asian American and Pacific Islander students (AAPIs). You will find that many of the strategies, programs, and initiatives listed here will be applicable to other students at your institution as well.

Here's what you can do:

  • Strategies
    • Browse what other institutions are doing to serve their AAPI students well.
    • Submit what you or your colleagues are doing to promote what your institution or program is doing to promote retention and student success.
  • Research
    • Browse links to or titles of the latest scholarly writing, research and dissertations about AAPIs in higher education.
    • View government- and foundation-produced reports about AAPIs in higher education.
  • Professional Development
    • Browse links to annual and upcoming conferences of interest to those working with AAPIs in higher education.
    • Find links to other professional development resources.
    • View or attend past or current webinars pertaining to AAPIs in higher education, AANAPISI designation, and AAPI higher Ed coalition development.
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