Posts Tagged ‘first-generation’

Proactive Advising with First-Generation Students: Suggestions for Practice

In recent years, first-generation students (students with parents/guardians who have not completed any college) have become an important population in higher education due to their increasing numbers. According to the U.S. Department of Education (2010), first-generation students make up almost 46% of first-year students in higher education. Alarmingly, this large group is also at high risk for attrition. Ishitani (2006) found these students are 1.3 times more likely than their peers to leave institutions in …

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Supporting Parents in Supporting Their Students: Why Including First-Generation Families in the Process Is Important

Ever since colleges and universities have existed there have been first-generation college students. Often these students need different types of support and guidance when starting college than do their counterparts with at least one parent who attended college. Students whose family members did not attend an institution of higher education can have a difficult time navigating the process of completing applications, adjusting to the rigors of college-level courses, and helping their families understand what they …

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Promoting College Access for First-Generation College Students: Creating a College-Going Culture

Increasing access to college, regardless of background or income, has been a goal of educational leaders in the United States for more than sixty years (President’s Commission on Higher Education, 1947; Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, 2006). Educational officials have aggressively sought to expand access to postsecondary education for under-represented populations, including low-income and minority students.

Despite a significant investment of federal dollars, this goal remains largely unfulfilled. The gap between the college enrollment …

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Promoting Resiliency Among First-Generation College Students

On a momentous day in May, six unlikely students walked across the graduation stage of a competitive, private university to receive their bachelor’s degrees. All six were participants in our study of successful first-generation college (FGC) students. Extensive research investigated the high attrition rates of FGC students and enumerated obstacles that led them to drop out. Our research took a different approach. Through in-depth interviews, we explored the way resilient FGC students navigated around obstacles …

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