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PBS NewsHour: Why first-generation students need mentors who get them

PBS’ September 20, 2016, podcast of their NewsHour series tackled the importance of mentors to first-generation college students. To access the podcast, click here. You can find the transcript of the essay from novelist Jennine Capo Crucet below, as well.   GWEN IFILL: We close with an essay. Novelist Jennine Capo Crucet grew up in […]

Shine a light on it: Talking about class differences with first-gen students helps them succeed

By Clifton B. Parker, Stanford Talking about class differences can help close the collegiate achievement gap between first- and continuing-generation students, according to Stanford research. Research has shown that first-generation college students – those who do not have a parent with a college degree – often lag behind other students in grades and graduation rates. […]

When Mentoring First-Generation College Students, It Is The Little Things That Make The Difference

How to Help First-Generation Students Succeed A combination of simple nudges and regular check-ins from mentors can go a long way. Written by Mikhail Zinshteyn, Education Writers Association A few weeks ago Reina Olivas got on the phone with a freshman college student. “She was having a hard time with the cultural experience, the college […]