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How do mentoring relationships affect the college enrollment of first-generation college students?

Glass, L. E. (2023). Social capital and first-generation college students: Examining the relationship between mentoring and college enrollment. Education and Urban Society, 55(2), 143–174. https://doi.org/10.1177/00131245221076097 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There is a progressively big gap in college graduation rates among first-generation and low-income students. Studies indicate that this notable disparity stems from a lack […]

The effectiveness of a self-determination coaching model for promoting post-secondary success among college students with foster care backgrounds

Blakeslee, J., Miller, R., & Uretsky, M. (2022). Efficacy of the Project Futures self-determination coaching model for college students with foster care backgrounds and mental health challenges. Children and Youth Services Review, 138, 106507.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106507 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence shows that young people from foster care backgrounds are less likely to attend or […]

The current state of college mental health and what we can do about it

Abelson, S., Lipson, S. K., & Eisenberg, D. (2022). Mental health in college populations: A multidisciplinary review of what works, evidence gaps, and paths forward. In L. W. Perna (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Springer Cham. Summarized by Megyn Jasman Notes of Interest:  Colleges and universities are concerned with the well-being of […]

The power of Black female friendships in predominantly White colleges

Leath, S., Mims, L., Evans, K. A., Parker, T., & Billingsley, J. T. (2022). “I can be unapologetically who I am”: A study of friendship among Black undergraduate women at PWIs. Emerging Adulthood, 10(4), 837–851.  https://doi.org/10.1177/21676968211066156 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence shows that Black students attending predominantly White institutions (PWIs) experience on-campus […]

Microcredentials and mentoring: How universities can boost student employability

By Ann-Louise Davidson, Reprinted from YouthREX The looming recession climate is causing concerns over skyrocketing student debt. On top of a deeply unaffordable housing market, these factors call for universities to be more relevant in terms of preparing students for employability. This is a break with the traditional mission of the universities. Economist George Fallis, […]

E-mentoring in higher education: A structured literature review and implications for future research

Tinoco-Giraldo, H., Torrecilla Sánchez, E. M., & García-Peñalvo, F. J. (2020). E-mentoring in higher education: A structured literature review and implications for future research. Sustainability, 12(11), 4344. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114344 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Mentorships are known for helping students stay in school and achieve academic success. Due to the growing prevalence of online […]

Networking as a First-Generation Student Can Be Hard. Here’s How to Get Started.

By AiLun Ku and Ray Reyes, Reprinted from the Harvard Business Review If you’re a first-generation college student, you might have heard people tell you to network for better opportunities. If you’ve rolled your eyes at that piece of advice, you’re not alone. The truth is that, for students from underrepresented backgrounds, including low-income households […]

New dissertation explores the persistence of first-generation college students during COVID-19

Beckman, C.M. (2022). How first-generation undergraduates persisted during COVID-19: Adaptive capital? [Doctoral Dissertation, Saint Mary’s College of California]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There are different persistence and retention rates between first-generation (FC) college students and continuing-generation college students (CS). Evidence also indicates that people who have a bachelor’s degree […]

The Uneven Climb From College to Career

By Karin Fischer, Reprinted from The Chronicle of Higher Education Ask students why they go to college, and they cite one reason more often than any other: To get a better job. Yet students’ chances of landing that good job after graduation aren’t created equal. Low-income students, students of color, and those who are the […]

New study explores the experiences of high-achieving, underserved high school students in an e-mentoring college access program

Arnold, K. D., Deutschlander, D. T., & Lewis, J. S. (2022). Someone on my side: The experiences of high-achieving, underserved high school students in an e-mentoring college access intervention. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 30(4), 381–408.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2022.2091193 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Practitioners use a variety of approaches, such as mentoring, coaching, and advising, […]