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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