“Minority-serving institutions engender strategies for success that empower students of color,” Gasman says. “We should look to these institutions for strategies that are working, so that we are able to replicate them elsewhere.”
But, in order to provide the “big picture” and to complete this comprehensive study, the researchers knew that they were missing one key component: Asian-American and Pacific Islander-serving institutions.
“AAPI-serving institutions are a new and emerging form of the MSI,” Gasman explains. “It’s important to include them in a project that looks at MSIs and student success.”