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Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

About South Seattle Community College

Located on an 87-acre hilltop overlooking Elliott Bay in Seattle, South Seattle Community College offers a panoramic view of the city skyline and surrounding mountains. This unique setting serves as a portal of opportunity for students with diverse needs to prepare to meet their educational and career goals. South is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in Washington State, and serves a population of 20% Asian American and Pacific Islander students on its main campus.

South's Approach

The AANAPISI program at South has focused on developing programs, activities, curriculum and other resources to promote student success. While the program focuses on developing strategies that are culturally relevant to Asian American and Pacific Islander students, these resources are available to all students and will promote the success and retention of South students overall.

The South project features these four categories of strategies:

1. Improved AAPI Freshman Experiences

2. Increased AAPI Transitions to College Coursework

3. Improved AAPI Retention, Intervention Strategies, and Outreach

4. Increased AAPI Graduation and Transfer to Four-Year Institutions

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South's program expanded to a third year of administration to allow for proper implementation and institutionalization of its efforts. A broad menu of services and programs have been developed in each of the four strategies.

1. Improved AAPI Freshman Experiences

  • Implemented Clustered Learning Communities (CLC) that paired a developmental English or math course with a college skills course
  • Peer Navigators were assigned to a caseload of students in each CLC to aid in college navigation in a students' first quarter

2. Increased AAPI Transitions to College Coursework

  • A Transition Portfolio was expanded and tested, and has now been adopted in South's Basic and Transitional Studies division.
  • Transition workshops were developed and are offered quarterly to guide ESL and basic skills students in various topics on college program preparedness.

3. Improved AAPI Retention, Intervention Strategies, and Outreach

4. Increased AAPI Graduation and Transfer to Four-Year Institutions

  • An Associate of Arts degree emphasis in Asian and Pacific Islander studies has been developed
  • An Associate of Elementary Education degree has been implemented to encourage more AAPI students to become teachers and role models in our community.

About City College of San Francisco

The City College of San Francisco is a large, urban community college made up of 10 campuses, offering Associate Degrees as well as non-credit educational experiences to more than 100,000 students each year.

CCSF's Approach

Within the Asian Pacific American Student Success program, CCSF has used its AANAPISI funds to implement the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program. STEM is a 2-year outreach and educational support program. In collaboration with MESA (and other departments or programs), the goal is to increase the number of students traditionally underrepresented in the calculus-based science majors (e.g.: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics, pre-med, etc.) and their transfer rates. 

Preparing students in the fields of STEM is critical in remaining competitive in our global economy. STEM-focused occupations require a highly skilled and trained workforce and they are projected to grow faster than many other areas. Being educated in the STEM fields could provide a gateway to economic stability, rewarding career paths and lifelong success.

About CCSF's AANAPISI program - APASS STEM stem_logo

The STEM program targets Asian/Pacific Islanders, particularly Filipinos, and other students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged. "Target" members have access to all services. Other "General" members can benefit from some services as well.

Students have access to the following:

  • MESA/STEM Center (MSC): a place to study & build a supportive community
  • Tutoring & Study Groups
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) in certain STEM courses
  • Faculty office hours & multi-lingual counseling appointments
  • Workshops & seminars
  • Priority registration for certain STEM classes (targeted students)
  • Internship/research opportunities & special events (targeted students)

    South Seattle Community College (South) is one of the first institutions to be designated as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).

    This program provides programs and resources designed to improve student transition, retention, graduation, and transfer to four year institutions.  AANAPISI funding provides resources for the development of new programs to support the student's success and experience at South, including:

    • Workshops to educate the family and to improve the student's first year experience
    • Linked developmental math or developmental English with a college success course with a peer navigator to provide a community for students and connects them with campus resources
    • Two new degree programs:
      • Associate of Arts degree with an Asian Pacific Islander (API) Studies emphasis
      • Associate in Elementary Education
    • Access to higher education resources through the Asian American Pacific Islander Higher Education Resource Center (AAPIHERC) website.  This website will house the Making Achievement Possible (MAP) college success video series, Transition Portfolio and other resources.

    These programs are available to all students through this U.S. Department of Education AANAPISI funding.

    For a list of other AANAPISI institutions, please click here.

    • May 2005: H.R. 2616 was introduced by Congressman David Wu (OR). The legislation provides the U.S. Department of Education with the authority to issue grants of assistance to higher education institutions that have at least 10% AAPI and a significant percentage of those AAPI students are low-income.
    • 2007: bills were reintroduced and revamped under College Cost Reduction Act (CCRA)
    • AANAPISI Program enacted into law by Congress
    • Early 2009: Applications were submitted for the second round of AANAPISI Grant Awards.
    • Fall 2009: Two additional institutions were awarded funds from CCRA allocation.
    • Throughout 2009: Advocacy work to secure regular AANAPISI funding

    For the most up-to-date information on institutions that have been granted the AANAPISI designation, please visit:

    2011 Designated Institutions (Abstract)

    2010 Designated Institutions (Abstract)

    2009 Designated Institutions (Abstract)

    2008 Pilot Designated Institutions (Abstract)

    If your institution has been granted eligibility to apply for the AANAPISI grant, please email aapiherc@southseattle.edu with the name of your institution and any contact information.

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