ABSTRACT

According to many measures, Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) students have higher than average educational attainment relative to national averages. In 2013, 95 percent of APIDA 25-to 29-year-olds possessed a highschool diploma (NCES, 2013). This is higher than the national average of 90 percent. Their bachelor degree attainment rates are also higher than the national average, 58 percent compared to 34 percent, respectively. This pattern also holds true for those who have earned master’s degrees and higher, as 21 percent of APIDA 25-to 29-year-olds have obtained these credentials, compared to only 7 percent of the entire 25-to 29-year-old population.