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ERIC Number: EJ850375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
First-Generation, Low-Income Students: Strategies for Success at Lyndon State College
Dalton, Donna; Moore, Carol A.; Whittaker, Robert
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n5 p26-27 Spr 2009
Lyndon State College is a small, four-year public college in the rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. In an effort to improve its first-year retention rate, two years ago the authors began to analyze which students return to Lyndon for their second year of college. They found that more than 60% of the students were first-generation college students and more than 30% were both first-generation and low-income (FGLI) based on Pell eligibility. With further analysis, they found the first- to second-year retention rate for FGLI students was 54%, compared with 60% for the rest of the population. With a $100,000 year-long Project Compass planning grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the authors established a task force to collect data and identify strategies for improving the success of FGLI students. Funded by the foundation and managed by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, Project Compass aims to help a select group of public New England colleges and universities improve the success rate of their most underserved students. Project Compass is guided by the premise that by developing systemic initiatives to increase the retention rates of the most underserved students, colleges can increase the chance of success for all students. In this article, the authors list the strategies for success at Lyndon State College.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont