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Complicated lives, complicated excuses

by Jean Rhodes I maintain an email file of the student excuses I’ve received in my 20 years as a professor at UMass Boston. Some are predictable for college students, “I spilled coke on my computer and it turned off and won’t come back on,” or “This is embarrassing but I was several pages into […]

Mentors help first-generation college students succeed

Fruiht, V. and Chan, T. (2018). Naturally Occurring Mentorship in a National Sample of First-Generation College Goers: A Promising Portal for Academic and Developmental Success. American Journal of Community Psychology (2018) 0:1–12. Editor’s Note: Professor Veronica Fruiht continues to produce important research on natural mentoring relationships. In this new study, she and her colleague find […]

Guiding a first generation to college: Where do mentors fit in?

By Tina Rosenberg, New York Times   In the first of two articles addressing the transition of first-generation college students from high school graduation to higher education, New York Times writer Tina Rosenberg highlights some of the issues facing low-income and low-resource students in New York City.   “[Students’] assumptions that [their] only options were […]

How colleges help (and hinder) students’ chances

by Jean Rhodes Nearly 70% of the students who graduate from high school this spring will head off to college in the fall. Although this rate is down somewhat from its peak in 2009, it is up dramatically from just a few decades ago. Unfortunately, however, only about half of those students will finish college. […]

At UC San Diego, retired professors are mentoring first-generation college students

By Melvin H Green, The Conversation Thursday, January 7, 2016 My mother cried when I told her I was changing my major from engineering to chemistry. Her fear was that I would never earn a living as a chemist. When she heard a few years later that I planned to go for a PhD in […]

Talking about social class eases achievement gap: Implications for mentoring

Posted by Clifton B. Parker-Stanford New research finds that talking about social class helps first-generation college students reduce the social-class achievement gap by as much as 63 percent. Using a “difference-education” approach, these students had higher grade-point averages and took better advantage of college resources than peers who didn’t participate in the discussion. Research has shown […]