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ERIC Number: ED535822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
Supporting First-Generation College Students through Classroom-Based Practices. Issue Brief
Institute for Higher Education Policy
This report, which was commissioned as part of the Institute for Higher Education Policy's Walmart Minority Student Success Initiative, seeks to highlight how specific institutional policies and faculty-driven, classroom-based practices at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) can change in an effort to better support the academic and social success of first-generation students. The report is structured in the following sections: (1) A brief summary of first-generation students as defined in literature and national data; (2) An overview of existing programs and resources that support first-generation students; and (3) A thematic breakdown of promising practices for improving first-generation student success, supported by examples from participating institutions. Through institutional examples, this report provides a road map for MSIs and other institutions hoping to enhance institutional capacity to better serve first-generation students. The success of this population is imperative to achieving overall gains in strengthening global competitiveness and national goals around postsecondary completion. (Contains 1 figure and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Walmart Foundation
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy