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Tag: First-Generation College Students
One Year After the Shutdown: Education Lessons from COVID-19
A year ago, K-12 classrooms and college campuses across the country shuttered; many still remain closed. As the panic of the pandemic spread, students and teachers stayed home and shifted to “emergency” mode – delivering curriculum in whatever ways they could. This was not online learning; this was emergency remote teaching.
May 5, 2021
For Colleges and Universities, Reopening Plans Must Meet Students’ Mental Health Needs
As more people across the nation become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, colleges and universities are evaluating the feasibility of bringing students safely back to campus. Of course, access to vaccines and healthcare, as well as protective measures like preventative testing and contact tracing are all top priorities, but administrators must also prepare to meet the mental health needs of their campuses most vulnerable students.
April 14, 2021
Focusing on First-Generation Students in College Admissions
To my fellow selective college admissions deans, I am asking for a mindset shift. We must stop being receivers of applications. We started in this work as admissions counselors, taught to counsel students to find the right path. Somewhere along the way to our seats at the top, we got complacent. We got comfortable. It didn’t happen overnight, but it happened. We stopped counseling and started receiving.
December 9, 2020
Forum Outlines Support for Students of Color Impacted by COVID-19
A Harvard University panel, titled “Innovating on Campus: Supporting Mental Health of Students of Color During COVID-19 and Beyond,” recommended ways to promote mental health and the emotional well-being of young people of color — 45% of whom make up the undergraduate population.
October 27, 2020
Lumina Creates Task Force to Address Inequity Issues at Post-Secondary Institutions
The Lumina Foundation, a national college access organization, has created a task force to highlight the need for a national response to ensure quality post-secondary programs for all students.
September 10, 2019
What I Remember About Orientation as a Low-Income, First-Generation Student
You are poor. You are lucky. You are going to struggle. Among all the important, relevant information I needed about life in college, those were the three lasting impressions I got from orientation. All the exciting and fun activities do not come to mind.
August 27, 2019
“Use Whatchu Got”: Advice for First-Gen Black Female Doctoral Students, Scholars
Drawing on literature and through storytelling, we seek to bring attention to Tara Yosso’s concept of community cultural wealth and share how we’ve used the model as a strategy to shape our personal and professional experiences as Black women, first-generation college graduates, first-generation doctoral students and now as first-generation entrants into the academy.
August 22, 2019
Michelle Obama Part of YouTube Series for College Students
As part of former first lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, which aims to help first-generation students pursue an education past high school, YouTube Originals will launch a series to help with the college transition period. The 10-episode series, “A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College,” will provide first-year students with information about […]
August 8, 2019
Study Finds Women Undergrads in STEM Facing “Chilly” Campus Climate
Research published this month found that as women students remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, they are being subjected to an unwelcoming, “chilly” atmosphere in these male‐dominated fields.
June 12, 2019
Why We Had to be Our Own College Counselors and How Congress Can Help
There’s been so much attention lately about the college admission scandal — rich parents trying to buy their undeserving children into prestigious colleges. But there’s a far bigger scandal that our leaders have long ignored: many high school seniors who deserve to attend college don’t have the advice and support that they need to get there.
April 16, 2019
Yes Virginia, There is a Choice
Like many other students of color who receive messages that they’re not good enough, I had resigned myself to believing that I was either unready or unprepared for college. As a first-generation student, I couldn’t rely on legacy status to give me a leg up in the admissions process and my family certainly couldn’t rely on making donations to athletic booster clubs or local alumni groups.
April 16, 2019
An A+ Punishment for Felicity And Others: Create Cy Pres Awards. For Real.
Those pleading guilty in the college admissions scandal can donate large sums of money to a cy pres fund that benefits low-income kids and the non-elite small colleges that serve them.
April 9, 2019
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