Florida Atlantic University Dedicates a New Position to First-Generation Success

While many institutions have academic success and bridge programs for students who enter their institution at the low end of their admission requirements, Florida Atlantic University has just created a new support office, dedicated to first-generation students.

Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, about ¼ of the university’s students are first-generation, and the goal of this new Office of First-Generation Student Success is to specifically improve retention and graduation rates among these first-gen students – 25% of whom are dropping out after year one. Services include mentoring programs, motivational initiatives, and scholarship programs.

The takeaway? A dedicated office specific to supporting first-generation students would indeed raise the campus consciousness about these issues. But however you structure the support, let’s make sure our first-generation students are getting it.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

As AVP of Marketing, Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.