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ERIC Number: EJ1082192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-13
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
The Future Is Now: First-Generation Students, Community Engagement and Innovative Institutions
Cherry, Leigh; Lloyd, Meggan; Prida, Jonas
New England Journal of Higher Education, Oct 2015
The College of St. Joseph is a small, Catholic liberal arts college in central Vermont. Traditionally serving white Vermont students with minimal minority representation from other parts of New England, retention rates have in recent years fluctuated between 39% and 75%, in comparison with the 70% national retention rate. In the past four years, the college's demography has shifted to an undergraduate student population that is 56% white, 30% black, and 14% Hispanic, many of whom are low-income, first-generation students. These students naturally come with a particular set of challenges that, without adjustment on the part of the institution, impede success. This brief article describes how under the direction of its new president and with the efforts of faculty and staff, the college has undergone a transformation as it has adopted a new, more well-rounded approach to student success. By combining an innovative scholarship program with a strategic focus and institutional commitment to student success, the College of St. Joseph is engaging in the future of higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont
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