Introduction to Title III – Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) at Coastline Community College

Title III AANAPISI is our name for a five–year project to make Coastline a stronger, more effective college for Asian American and Pacific Islander students. However, the programs and services funded under this project are available to Coastline students irrespective of ethnicity.

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What is the Title III AANAPISI Grant?

"Title III AANAPISI" is our shorthand name for a five-year grant awarded to Coastline Community College by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the grant is to help Coastline serve our students more effectively by becoming a stronger, more responsive institution.

Through Title III AANAPISI grant funding, Coastline Community College is able to offer you the following Title III supported programs and student support services.

Embedded Tutoring

Embedded Tutoring is a tutoring service in which a former student returns to a class as a peer tutor. Embeded tutors attend all lecture and lab sessions and are available to help other students with class material.

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guideU Student–Mentor Connection

The guideU Student–Mentor Connection provides you with the extra help you may need to successfully navigate your higher education experience. The mentors are Coastline faculty and staff members serving as volunteers. Your mentor is your source for answers to college questions in general, or to “guideU” in the right direction to all Coastline services including academic or career counseling.

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STAR Program

Coastline's STAR Program helps you complete your coursework faster so that you can get in, get out, and get working! Many STAR students are also just looking for a fast–track path to a 4–year university, and STAR helps them accumulate the units they need to transfer.

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Student Success Center

Onsite and online tutoring is available for many Coastline courses. Students can get assistance with any type of writing or math–related assignments. Course–specific tutors are also available for many departments.

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Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a tutoring service in which a former student returns to a class as an expert peer tutor. SI leaders attend all lecture and lab sessions as well as conduct a weekly review session (typically 1–2 hours) with students.

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Additional Information and Resources

This page also has information that may be of some use to faculty members, government agency representatives, and other researchers.

Introduction to Title III AANAPISI

What is the Title III AANAPISI Grant?

“Title III AANAPISI” is our shorthand name for a five-year grant awarded to Coastline Community College by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the grant is to help Coastline serve our students more effectively by becoming a stronger, more responsive institution.

About the Name

Title III – “Title III” signifies a section of an act of congress, the Higher Education Act of 1965. Title III of the act authorizes grant programs to strengthen educational institutions. Some Title III programs are set aside for colleges with a prescribed percentage of students of a particular ethnicity.

AANAPISI – Our grant is for colleges with an enrollment that is at least 10 percent Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander, and which includes a significant percentage of low-income students. The official name of the program is Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, abbreviated AANAPISI. The abbreviation is pronounced “anna-PEEZY.”

How Coastline Received the Grant

Coastline has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). Following its designation, the college applied for and was awarded a five-year, $2 million grant, aimed at improving outcomes for its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. To fulfill its obligation to these students, who constitute more than one quarter of Coastline’s total enrollment, the college launched the Title III AANAPISI project.

With the generous help of a faculty and staff task force, the Coastline Grant Team wrote a proposal documenting a number of problems. Two were especially acute. Compared to other community colleges, too few Asian American or Pacific Islander students (AAPI students) at Coastline were earning an A.A. degree and too few were transferring to a four-year institution. The number of AAPI students enrolling in degree-applicable courses was also a matter of concern. We proposed a plan that responded to all three of these issues.

The Department of Education approved the proposal. Assuming Congress continues appropriating the necessary funds each year, Coastline will receive a total of $2 million from 2010 through 2015.

Objectives of the Coastline Project

Coastline’s proposal described a plan with three objectives. As required by the U.S. Department of Education AANAPISI program, the objectives apply to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. The services to accomplish those objectives are available to Coastline students irrespective of ethnicity. Accomplishing the objectives will yield these outcomes, all by September 2015:

  • A total of 250 more AAPI students, originally underprepared for college work, will enroll in degree-applicable courses.
  • A total of 150 more AAPI students will earn an A.A. degree.
  • A total of 100 more AAPI students will transfer to a four-year college or university.

Project Timeline

The college plans to accomplish these objectives by undertaking a number of Title III AANAPISI Activity Components during the five project years of the grant. The project years are:

Title III AANAPISI Project Timeline
Project Year Start Date End Date
Year 1Oct. 1, 2010Sept. 30, 2011
Year 2Oct. 1, 2011Sept. 30, 2012
Year 3Oct. 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2013
Year 4Oct. 1, 2013Sept. 30, 2014
Year 5Oct. 1, 2014Sept. 30, 2015

Grant News, Newsletters, and Outcomes

Grant News

Coastline’s Title III AANAPISI program makes news!

Grant Outcomes

Evaluation of project outcomes is an important and continuing part of the Coastline Title III AANAPISI project. The following documents present results developed by Dr. Jorge R. Sanchez, Coastline’s Title III Program Evaluator and Dean of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness, in June 2013.

Title III Newsletters

Goal, Objectives, and Activity Components.


Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI)

Goal, Objectives, and Activity Components


Coastline will redesign its educational programs and student support services to increase college course readiness and the completion of degrees and transfers for its AAPI and other disadvantaged, underrepresented students.

Component Leaders (CL)
Objectives: dots in left-hand columns designate components ↓
responding to each objective
Component Champions (CC)
Objective 1. Increase the number of underprepared AAPI students who eventually enroll in degree-applicable courses by at least 50 students per year.
Baseline (2009): 1,207 AAPI students.
Tangible Result: 250 more students, originally underprepared, enroll in degree-applicable courses.
  Objective 2. Increase the number of AAPI students who earn an A.A. degree by at least 30 per year.
Baseline (2009): 49 AAPI students were awarded A.A. degrees.
Tangible Result: 150 more AAPI students earn an A.A. degree.
    Objective 3. Increase the number of AAPI students who transfer to a UC or CSU campus by at least 20 per year.
Baseline (2009): 27 AAPI students transferred to UC and CSU campuses.
Tangible Result: 100 more AAPI students transfer to a UC or CSU campus.
        Activity Components  
1. guideU Student – Mentor Connection – Volunteer staff mentor students seeking to complete a degree or certificate in three years or less. (CL) L. Wilkerson
(CC) C. Spoja
2. Roadmap and Tracking System – Suspended in lieu of Coast Community College District "DegreeWorks" initiative. (CL) J. Sanchez
    3. Culturally Sensitive Module for College Success Course – Orientation course needs a module sensitive to the learning patterns of Asian students. Activities planned for project years 4 and 5. (CL) B. Nash
4. Coordination of Student Success Activities – A variety of student services offered to students at each learning site plus on-line. Services include assessment (reading) tutoring, embedded tutoring and counseling. (CL) V. Lopez
(CC) D. Pittaway
    5. Prep Academics – Piloted in project years 1 and 2. Under evaluation for continued rollout in years 4 and 5. (CL) V. Lopez
  6. Supplemental Instruction (SI) – Special value added courses in science, particularly biology. (CL) V. Lopez
  7. Employer Mentoring and Career Academy Program – Provides business students with mentors from the business community and a half-day career academy on career advancement for students and graduates. Activities planned for project years 4 and 5. (CL) N. Jones
(CC) R. Lockwood
    8. University Articulated Programs – When completed, the Learning First Project will meet the objective of this component. (CL) R. White
  9. Accelerated Programs – The new STAR program will be the focus of this component. (CL) N. Jones
(CC) K. McLucas
    10. ESL Bridge Cohort Program – Assists ESL students to transition into regular transfer courses and earn a degree. Piloted in project years 1, 2, and 3; then absorbed into Coastline's mainstream ESL program. (CL) V. Lopez
(CC) A. Nguyen
  11. Communication to New Audiences – Supports a variety of media to communicate information about Title III services and programs. (CL) M. Ma
12. Staff Development – Provides support for a variety of workshops, speakers and conferences to be attended by faculty and staff. (CL) B. Nash
    13. Project Management and Evaluation – Oversees the progress of the college towards the attainment of the Title III goals and the accomplishment of the project's objectives. (CL) L. Wilkerson
(CL) T. Snyder
(CL) J. Sanchez

Communication to New Audiences

Coastline’s Title III AANAPISI program aims to improve outcomes for our students. Individuals with potential to benefit from program activities represent a large and diverse audience, an audience that includes high school students, homeschoolers, military service members, students at other community colleges, and even students already enrolled at Coastline but not presently aiming for a degree or for transfer to a four-year institution.

Marketing to these individuals is partly the task of a Title III AANAPISI activity component and partly the task of Coastline outreach efforts funded from other sources. The Title III AANAPISI component, Communication to New Audiences, includes such activities and efforts as: brochures, newsletters, wallet cards, posters, fliers, RingClear text messages, banners, and other signage.

Staff Development

The Staff Development activity component of Coastline’s Title III AANAPISI program aims at helping faculty and staff work more effectively with AAPI students. As a group, AAPI students tend to encounter difficulties in reading, writing, and conversing in English. Many are immigrants who began their education in East Asian schools with learning styles different from the confrontation and participatory, interactive style valued in American classrooms. A general discussion of these issues appears in Asian American And Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions: Areas Of Growth, Innovation, and Collaboration, prepared by the National Commission on AAPI Research in Education (CARE). Staff development activities in Coastline’s Title III AANAPISI program include:

Culturally Responsive Customer Service Training

This workshop presents tactics and techniques for improving mutual comprehension in conversations with English language learner students. The goal is to minimize frustration when there appears to be a language barrier separating a student from college faculty and staff. Takeaways are a PowerPoint presentation titled Culturally Responsive Customer Service Strategies; a concise, one-page list of Communication Tips; and A Guide to Pronouncing Vietnamese First Names, which gives phonetic equivalents for fifty-five Vietnamese male first names and fifty-five female names.

Cultural Awareness: Insights and Strategies for Improving Success of Vietnamese-American Students

This faculty-focused, faculty-led workshop provided participants with a deeper look into the Vietnamese language and cultural insights, in addition to discussing challenges and strategies for improving student success. Takeaways are a PowerPoint presentation titled Cultural Awareness: Insights and Strategies for Improving Success of Vietnamese-American Students and handouts, including:

Click here to download the Workshop presentation.

Support for Attending Conferences

The Coastline Title III AANAPISI program provides funding for faculty and staff to attend conferences consistent with the goal and objectives of the project. These have included conferences sponsored by such organizations as:

  • Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE)
  • California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL)
  • OnCourse Systems for Education

Reference Information

Reference documents accessible through the links below offer a guide to the history, policies, and rationale for the AANAPISI initiative.

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