According to a study published in the Harvard Asian American Policy Review, U.S.-born Filipino Americans have experienced ‘Educational Downward Mobility’ for decades. And it continues.
When it comes to succeeding in college, data shows that U.S.‐born Filipinos are not following in the footsteps of immigrant Filipinos—many of whom have bachelor’s degrees. Instead, U.S.‐born Filipino Americans exhibit high college push‐out rates, demonstrate lower levels of participation and retention in higher education, and suffer from depression and other mental health issues. Moreover, due to cultural biases, female students may be experiencing more challenges than their male counterparts.
According to the 1990 Census, 43.8 percent of Filipino immigrants to the U.S. have college degrees, compared with only 22 percent of Filipino Americans born in the U.S. (Nadal 2011, 143). A decade later, the 2000 Census again revealed a wide intergenerational gap as 44 percent of Filipino immigrants to the U.S. had college degrees, compared with only 31.5 percent of U.S.-born Filipino Americans (Bankston 2006, 195). Current Census data has not shown significant improvement in the college graduation rates of U.S.-born Filipino Americans. This is ‘Educational Downward Mobility,’ and because of some cultural biases, women can be more negatively affected.
Our mission is to heighten public awareness about ‘Educational Downward Mobility’ and assist Filipino American college women. Since our organization was founded, in 2015, we have awarded more than $16,000.00 in partial college scholarships. By investing in higher education we hope to increase the number of Filipino American women college graduates and their opportunities for lifelong success.