Located in Santa Clara County, California, De Anza College serves one of the highest concentrations of AAPIs in the country. Approximately 42 percent of students at De Anza self-report as Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander and many of the students experience financial need.

In September of 2008, De Anza College was one of six institutions to receive on of the first Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI) grants. With the help of this grant from the U.S. Department of Education, De Anza has been able to fund their IMPACT AAPI program, which aims to close the gaps in academic achievement and transfer among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students by focusing on Asian Pacific Islander subgroups that are historically underrepresented in higher education. With a second AANAPISI grant received in 2011 the college was able to continue the program and has already experienced positive outcomes for participants.

The name IMPACT AAPI is an acronym for Initiatives to Maximize Positive academic Achievement and Cultural Thriving focusing on Asian American and Pacific Islander students at De Anza College. The program functions through four key objectives: increasing AAPI student access to college services; improving overall student persistence among first-time students who plan to transfer; improving student readiness for college-level courses; improving the overall course success rate of AAPI subgroups with rates below the college average.

APIASF works closely with De Anza College and the IMPACT AAPI program through the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project. For more information about IMPACT AAPI, click here.


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