The Asian American Student Success Program began as a new project at UMass Boston in 2011 seeking to integrate the educational, cultural, and linguistic expertise of faculty, staff, students, families, and local communities to build, assess, and sustain an ongoing holistic program that effectively supports the college access and persistence of Asian American students. The two specific goals of this project at the university are:
- to increase college access for Asian Americans who are low-income or first generation college-goers and for traditionally underrepresented Asian American ethnic populations, and
- to increase Asian American retention, persistence, course completion, and graduation rates.
The project’s administrative home within Academic Support Services and its integrative, programmatic relationships to the university’s nationally recognized Asian American Studies Program and Institute for Asian American Studies ensure a unique level of quality, capacity, and commitment to address urgent needs of underserved, low-income, and traditionally underrepresented Asian American students.
We are fortunate to be able to focus our work to specifically support Asian American students in achieving and succeeding in higher education. This project is made possible through UMass Boston’s designation as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and funding received through this designation from the U.S. Department of Education.