Retaining First-Generation Students: Strategies for the Classroom and Beyond

Venue: Online Webcast

Location: Online Webcast, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 01, 2011
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According to recent numbers, nearly 30 percent of first-time freshman students attending college this year are classified as "first-generation" students, meaning neither of their parents holds a four-year college degree. These students require special attention in order to succeed in college, and research has shown that parents of first-gen students are unequipped to provide the necessary support. While much data is available on the demographics of this student population, few institutions have implemented comprehensive support programs to improve retention and graduation rates for these students.

Join us for a two-part webcast series that will focus on retention techniques that can be applied inside and outside of the classroom. Drawing on the insights of two practitioners, this series will give attendees a comprehensive overview of what factors lead to first-generation success in and out of the classroom.


Student affairs and enrollment management professionals responsible for overseeing retention initiatives for at-risk populations, minority populations, and low-income populations will benefit from this content. Academic advisors and deans will also gain valuable strategies for interacting with these students in the classroom. This content is particularly well-suited for institutions with growing first-generation student populations or with little knowledge of this population's special needs.