With the $1.5 million Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Oakton established the Center for Organizing Minority Programs to Advance Student Success (COMPASS) to improve success rates by engaging students in high-impact activities designed to increase engagement and help them make informed decisions regarding course and program design. Activities will include providing culturally relevant academic advising for AAPI students, partnering with local high schools to improve early college persistence and implementing faculty training and development programs.

Through the grant, Oakton collects data allowing the College to respond to the unique needs of AAPIs subgroups most in need of attention and resources.

• Increasing completion of 1st year English & math through culturally tailored academic advising, promoting career development.
• Addressing the double bind for the lack of AAPI women in computer science.
• Piloting Oakton’s evidence-based student-faculty persistence engagement protocol in dual credit courses taught at high schools.
• Creating theoretically-guided and culturally relevant professional development curricula for faculty.
• Improving data collection efforts to accurately reflect variations between AAPI
ethnic subgroups.
• Establishing an endowment fund to counter barriers for high costs of textbooks and transportation.
• Establishing an AAPI community advisory board.

For more information about the grant, contact Edwin Chandrasekar, vice president for administrative affairs, at, or Kelly Iwanaga Becker, assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness and strategic planning, at