Student success, Asian American college students, Race discrimination -- United States, Asian Americans -- Social conditions, Pacific Islanders -- Education (Higher) -- United States, Racial justice, Racism, Anti-racism
During spring 2016, Portland State University (PSU) President Wim Wiewel created the Task Force on Asian-American, Asian, and Pacific Islander Student Success to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for PSU in continuing to serve the broad range and diversity of Asian-American/Asian/Pacific Islander students. The Task Force was charged to make recommendations to the President and university on how PSU can best serve the higher education needs and aspirations of students from these communities.
The Task Force met twice during spring 2016 and monthly from September 2016 through June 2017. The co-chairs and research assistants met weekly to discuss progress and logistics. Task Force responsibilities were distributed among four subcommittees, which met outside of Task Force meetings, to discuss subcommittee topics: student recruitment, student retention, faculty recruitment and retention, policies and practices at comparable institutions that may serve as models for PSU. Task Force activities included analyzing student, faculty and staff data, facilitating and participating in student forums to learn more about Asian-American/Asian/Pacific Islander student needs, reviewing existing PSU programs that serve these students, conducting relevant literature reviews, conducting interviews with individuals at academic institutions with Asian-American Studies programs, and meeting with PSU administrators and faculty.
Updated and related report:
Asian American and Pacific Islander Presidential Fellows Report (2021)
Izumi, Betty and Faaleava, Toeutu, "The Portland State University Task Force on Asian-American, Asian, and Pacific Islander Student Success" (2017). Global Diversity and Inclusion Publications and Presentations. 9.