Asian American and Native American Pacifi c Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs): Mutable Sites for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Degree Production
One of the most urgent challenges facing the United States in the 21st century is to increase the proportion of Americans with a high-quality postsecondary credential. This can only be achieved through the participation of all Americans, including underrepresented racial minority groups, low-income students, immigrants, and language minorities. It is within this context that we highlight the relevance and untapped potential of Asian American and Native American Pacifi c Islander serving institutions (AANAPISIs), which are institutions federally designated and funded as minority serving institutions (MSIs), in order to improve access and outcomes of low-income and underserved Asian American and Pacifi c Islander (AAPI) students. This chapter focuses on the ways in which AANAPISIs are critical for understanding and responding to the unique experiences and outcomes of AAPI students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).