In January 2014, the White House urged that college be made more accessible for low-income Americans. Moving beyond access to success, however, requires knowing more about the experiences of these students.
This research report captures the challenges low-income, first-generation students face in their collegiate journey, examining the strategies they employ to persist. Organized thematically and using student narrative, the brief report explores the diversity of first-generation students, the intersections of their multiple identities, and their interactions with the institutional agents that affect college success.
also offers practical suggestions for higher education professionals working with this diverse and growing population.
Table of Contents:
First-Generation Students: Intersecting Contexts and Identities
Setting the Context: The Focus-Group Study
Betwixt and Between: Visible/Invisible and Different Worlds
Negotiating New Terrains: Perpetual Border Crosser and Burden of Privilege
Finding Footholds: Establishing Voice and Call for Genuine Commitment.
Discussion and Implications
About the Authors