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First-Generation College Students: Understanding and Improving the Experience from Recruitment to Commencement

ISBN: 978-0-470-47444-0
176 pages
July 2012, Jossey-Bass
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As more and more of the college-going population is made up of those who are the first in their families to attend college, institutions need to find ways to help these students succeed if they expect to maintain enrollments. This groundbreaking resource explores the challenges and barriers to first-generation students and offers a wealth of helpful recommendations for helping these students succeed in their academic careers. This book helps leaders in academic and student affairs to understand these special challenges and how best to meet them.
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Foreword vii

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xix

About the Authors xxi

1. Who Are First-Generation Students? 1

2. Transition into College 21

3. Transition Through College 47

4. Class, Culture, Race, and Ethnicity 69

5. Transforming How We Work with First-Generation Students 85

6. A Holistic Approach to Student Success 105

References 129

Index 141

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Lee Ward is director of Career and Academic Planning at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he founded the Student Learning Institute.

Michael J. Siegel is associate professor and director of the administration of higher education program at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a former research fellow at the Policy Center on the First Year of College.

Zebulun Davenport is vice chancellor for Student Affairs at Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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