ERIC Number: ED369011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Asian and Pacific Americans in Higher Education.
Agbayani, Amefil; Ching, Doris M.
Asian and Pacific Americans (APAs) constitute a small yet important segment of the students, faculty, and staff participating in higher education in the United States. A survey was mailed to student affairs personnel at 70 institutions (classified as "Research Universities 1" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement in Teaching) in 1993 to collect information on perceptions by and about Asian and Pacific Americans, as well as demographic information. Of the 70 institutions selected, 31 responded with a sample size of 44 APA student affairs professionals participating. Perceptions of ethnic relations, both within various APA groups and in relation to other groups; the problems facing APA students; and contributions of APAs to higher education were queried. The results of the survey indicate that the concept of APAs as a model minority does not reflect the complexities of life in higher education. APAs are the fastest growing segment of the student population in the United States, yet APA faculty and administrators are under-represented. At the same time, the complex ethnic and racial relations faced by APAs cannot be thought of in traditional black and white terms, nor should APA relations with other minorities remain static. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Conference (Boston, MA, March 1993).