Transforming the First-Generation College Student Experience: Part I

Smoothing the Campus Adjustment and Acclimation Process

Topics: Student Experience, Student Affairs, Special Populations, Student Retention and Success

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About the Webconference

With only 11% of low-income, first-generation college students earning a degree in six years, and this population representing more than 25% of undergraduate students at four year institutions today, it is no wonder that schools are focused on improving experiences and outcomes for these students at their institutions. There have been some successful efforts made to address the needs of these students, but they tend to serve only a small number of students, and prove difficult to scale to greater impact.

In part one of this two-part webconference series, we explore key areas of support crucial to impacting the success of first-generation college students, with a focus on easing the initial transition to campus, and creating a culture of welcome at your institution. This includes: easing campus navigation, making outreach materials more accessible, engaging in positive, identity-based messaging, and building space for students to come together and form communities of support.

Presenter: Gabriella Perez