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ERIC Number: EJ1149413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
Recognizing Challenges and Predicting Success in First-Generation University Students
Katrevich, Alina V.; Aruguete, Mara S.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v18 n2 p40-44 Apr-Jun 2017
Our study explores the challenges of first-generation students while also examining the factors that predict success in this population. We surveyed undergraduate students to compare the academic and social support needs of first-generation and continuing-generation students. First-generation students showed lower grades and critical-thinking scores compared to their peers. In addition, they reported having less faculty contact and less time for academic tasks. Academic preparedness and contact with faculty members predicted college success for first-generation students. Our results suggest that universities should continue to develop and test programs that bolster academic skills while simultaneously improving the social environment for first-generation students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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