New Resources Encourage First-Generation Students

New Resources Encourage First-Generation Students

Merrill Shea

Bringing first-generation students to campus early, to help prepare them for the rigors of higher education, is among 10 best practices recommended by the Council of Independent Colleges. Above, Regine Joseph, a visiting assistant professor of foreign languages, conducts a class as part of a summer bridge program at Emmanuel College, in Boston.

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Merrill Shea

Bringing first-generation students to campus early, to help prepare them for the rigors of higher education, is among 10 best practices recommended by the Council of Independent Colleges. Above, Regine Joseph, a visiting assistant professor of foreign languages, conducts a class as part of a summer bridge program at Emmanuel College, in Boston.

As many colleges and advocacy groups focus on socioeconomic diversity and retention, meeting the needs of students who are the first in their families to pursue a degree has become a priority. To recruit students to a campus and to support them to graduation, some promising approaches are emerging.

Preparing first-generation students for the rigors of higher education, providing them with financial aid, and connecting them with the campus community are the biggest challenges