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ERIC Number: ED501693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Straight from the Source: What Works for First-Generation College Students
Engle, Jennifer; Bermeo, Adolfo; O'Brien, Colleen
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
This report presents the findings from focus groups with first-generation students in Texas. The students shared what works to help them make the transition from high school to college, as well as what didn't work or what could work better to get more first-generation students into college. Pre-college services and programs can ease the transition from high school to college by focusing on: (1) raising students' aspiration for college; (2) helping students navigate the college admissions process; (3) acclimating students to the college environment; (4) involving parents in the college-going process; (5) helping students manage the financial aspects of college; and (6) developing personal relationships with students. Based on students' own suggestions, the report offers the following recommendations to practitioners and policymakers: (1) Get the message out to all students about college as early as possible; (2) Better prepare students for college; and (3) Provide more support for students once in college. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
Authoring Institution: Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Texas
IES Cited: ED506465