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ERIC Number: ED519691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
Promising Practices Supporting Low-Income, First-Generation Students at DeVry University
Miller, Abby; Taylor Smith, Chandra; Nichols, Andrew
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
This paper offers a comprehensive description of the academic and social support systems for low-income, first-generation students attending a major four-year, for-profit, multi-campus university. College retention and success research has determined that effective support services succeed in retaining and graduating low-income, first-generation students by "acknowledging their backgrounds, needs, and expectations and then taking action to accommodate them" (Myers, 2003). Campuses like DeVry University do not have federal outreach such as TRIO Student Support Services, which are federally-funded programs designed to provide academic and social assistance for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Consequently, the goal of this study is to identify the kinds of academic and social support services, if any, that a for-profit education institution like DeVry University provides. While data are not yet available that can determine the effectiveness of DeVry University's recent support initiatives, the findings from this study highlight practices at DeVry that are grounded in the literature on effectively supporting low-income, first-generation students. These are practices that other for-profit institutions can look to emulate. Appendices include: (1) References; and (2) Interview Protocols. Individual sections contain footnotes. (Contains 7 tables and 14 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education