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ERIC Number: ED493531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Faces of the Future: A Portrait of First-Generation Community College Students
Nomi, Takako
American Association of Community Colleges
The Faces of the Future Survey is the first national survey developed to examine the lives and experiences of credit and noncredit community college students. This report summarizes survey findings on the demographic characteristics, goals, and college experiences of the nation's first-generation community college students who are enrolled in credit bearing courses. It also reveals the problems they face while attending college, which often reflect their distinctive family and demographic backgrounds. Key findings include the following: (1) First-generation community college students are more likely to be women, older than traditional college age, employed full time, and to support dependents living at home; (2) First-generation community college students tend to take fewer credit hours each semester and to face greater financial problems and family responsibilities; (3) Financial aid is a major source of support for first-generation college students, and they are less likely to receive financial support from parents for college-related expenses; and (4) Most students whose parents have had high levels of postsecondary education attend community colleges for the purpose of transferring to a 4-year college--In contrast, first-generation community college students tend to attend to improve job skills and obtain an associate degree. (Contains 2 notes and 13 figures.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.