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Tag: First Generation Students
Institutions Participate in National First-Generation College Celebrations
Within the higher education sector, Nov. 8 marked the annual celebration for first-generation students earning their postsecondary degrees.
November 10, 2020
Can We Judge Colleges by Their Success at Encouraging Grit?
One of my former students recently filled me with hope for the next generation. Clifton Jett Jr. is the director and writer of a play that he was about to bring to the stage, “Black Tar Boulevard,” when the pandemic hit. Although many productions have shut down, Clifton decided instead to pivot and turn the play into an independent film. He says, “We have worked too hard and waited too long to just throw it all away.” He and his team are moving ahead, in a safe and responsible manner.
September 22, 2020
Report Finds Disparities Among Students Earning Paid Internships
New research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found disparities among students who work at unpaid versus paid internships based on their race, gender and parents’ education.
September 9, 2020
We Must Not Leave Nontraditional Students Behind as COVID-19 Forces Colleges Online
In just a matter of weeks, millions of students will be attending college online and yet few traditional schools are adequately prepared. America’s higher education industry is wading into a minefield—it is difficult to effectively support students when the very instructors and administrators they rely on are also in unfamiliar territory. But the risk of failure will be even greater for a variety of marginalized student groups like minorities, first-generation students, transfer students, and others. As classes resume, schools must devote special attention to these groups.
September 8, 2020
How “Different” Will Post-COVID Higher Education Be, Especially for “At-Risk” Students?
How are institutions preparing to deal with access to technology issues? While I can imagine many institutions providing students with laptops, students may encounter barriers to accessing reliable internet or even power for their devices. For residential campuses specifically who will have many students stay home, how do you ensure that your low-income students have access to adequate working space to learn and study?
July 1, 2020
University of Michigan’s Kessler Scholars Program for First-Generation Students Expands to Other Institutions
The Kessler Presidential Scholars Program, which was established at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan (U-M) as a way to support first-generation students financially and academically, will expand to more institutions across the country.
May 27, 2020
Reflections on “Failing” at the Academic Market
I knew that securing a tenure-track position was going to be unlikely. I already made up my mind that I would not entertain opportunities that were in places I could not see myself moving to. At that point in time, it was unlikely for more tenure lines to be posted, and I began to expand my search to positions that allowed me to put my research into practice.
May 26, 2020
Universities Struggle to Respond to the Diverse Needs of Low-Income Students Amidst Coronavirus Shutdowns
As the coronavirus shuts down campuses, low-income students face a lot of uncertainty and a slew of extra costs. Universities are working hard to respond, but for students who rely heavily on campus resources like food, housing and healthcare, there are a growing list of needs.
March 26, 2020
Wake Forest Supporting First-Generation Students Via Magnolia Scholars Program
With the rise in tuition costs, Wake Forest University looked to develop an opportunity for all students to be able to attend the institution without the financial burden. The establishment of the Magnolia Scholars program created an opportunity for first-generation students to receive financial aid, mentorship and college transition assistance.
January 15, 2020
Study Finds Imposter Syndrome Higher Among First Generation Students
Imposter syndrome describes the unfounded belief that one is unworthy of his or her accomplishments, and according to new research, first-generation college students are more likely to suffer from it. The study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, focused on a group of 818 freshmen and sophomore students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
January 13, 2020
University of New Haven Partners With New Haven Promise to Offer More Scholarships
The University of New Haven recently partnered with New Haven Promise to provide students an extended opportunity to attend college at a lower cost.
January 7, 2020
San José City College Names Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng its Next President
San José City College (SJCC) has appointed Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng as its next president. Tomaneng is currently the president of Berkeley City College (BCC) and has been an educator in the California Community College system for nearly 25 years. During her tenure at BCC, Tomaneng advanced the school’s Undocumented Community Resource Center and BCC’s […]
November 26, 2019
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