Colleges from coast to coast recently participated in the third-annual National First-Generation College Celebration, hosting programs, distributing promotional gifts, and engaging their campus communities around first-generation student success.
California has amended its state Penal and Education Code to replace the term “at-risk youth” with “at-promise youth.” Advocates hope the small change will help shift how educators think about students and their strengths.
More than 90 percent of private foundations interested in funding higher education are prioritizing college access and success for low-income and first generation students.
The first-generation student experience isn’t limited to the undergraduate years. In fact, first-gen graduate students may encounter even more intense hurdles in a competitive environment that prizes social connections.
Real estate developer David Walentas grew up working on a farm and knew no one who went to college. Now he’s funding scholarships and fellowships to transform first-generation students’ economic and social circumstances.
Given the system’s size, the University of California’s decision could shape the future of standardized testing requirements in college admissions. Meanwhile, targeting other barriers to attainment, California recently made available additional funds for emergency student aid.
When low-income college students come to campus, they often bring family and community responsibilities with them. Drawing on his own experiences, Harvard professor Anthony Abraham Jack calls on administrators to recognize and better support students shouldering that stress.
At Georgetown and elsewhere, university communities are working to ensure a warm and supportive welcome for students traditionally underrepresented on college campuses.
One in three first-generation college students drop out. Some institutions are betting that stronger parent engagement will boost those students’ chance of success.
A growing number of institutions are recognizing that confusing language in financial aid documents, handbooks, and syllabi can frustrate students, fuel imposter syndrome, and increase the risk of financial missteps.
More than 50 students from the rising class of 2023 convened this week for the Beating the Odds Summit, an annual event focused on supporting first-generation students.
University leaders say the test-optional policy is just one facet of a broader, growing effort to enroll and support underrepresented students.