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First Generation College Students

WATCH: Film Explores Difficult Road To College For 'First Generation' Students

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Latino Voices

Filmmaker Adam Fenderson’s new documentary “First Generation” explores the journey of four different high school students hoping to become the f...

What's a GPA? When College Campus Is a Strange Land

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

How can schools instill in disadvantaged men and women the belief that they deserve to be college students -- that people "like them" can not only manage but thrive in the middle-class culture of higher education?

How To Tear Down Barriers For First-Generation Students

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 10.31.2013 | College

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. As a senior at Taft High School in Lincoln City, Oregon, last year...

True Online Learning: Why Accessibility and Accountability Matter

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Mika Nash

Online learning -- done right -- is the most effective way to reach a majority of those students for whom higher education would otherwise be out of reach.

The Danger of 'Efficiency': Don't Shut Out First-Generation College Students

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Cynthia Huggins

As is often the case with first-generation college students, my family lived paycheck-to-paycheck and had never been able to save any money to help put me or my siblings through college.

The Sum of All Salaries

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

When did we lose our high hopes for personal transformation in higher learning? What cynic convinced us that the idealism of a life spent working in the public interest is worth much less than a life spent making money in furtherance of corporate interests?

Do-It-Yourself College Applications: 10 Steps to the Common App Essay

Ruth Starkman | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

You might be relieved to know that as "complex" and "confusing" as the college application process may sound, putting together your own application and writing your essay without paid advice may, in fact, give you better results.

The Educational Pipeline: Improving the Transition to College

Karen Gross | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Karen Gross

First, we need to create a new cultural norm: being smart is a good thing. Then, we need to focus more on what are oft-termed the non-cognitive skills -- despite the fact that these skills are deeply cognitive and undeserving of pejorative connotations.

Blacks, Hispanics More Optimistic Than Whites?

AP | HOPE YEN and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 08.01.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Growing up as a black teen, John Harris III says he wasn't always sure about what he wanted to do with his life. But the 23-year-old, no...

Seven Big Mistakes College Students Make

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

College students have been known to make all kinds of mistakes, including stupid ones usually involving too much beer. Here are seven scenarios where not speaking up can be a disaster. They play out far too often on campuses daily.

Diverse Conversations: Online Universities and Underserved Student Populations

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 07.02.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

College attendance has become a necessity for entry into the contemporary workforce. This shift is a direct result of President Obama's goal of having...

The Magic of Community: Helping College Students Evolve Into Professionals and Leaders

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifCommunity -- it's one of those words that is so vague and overused, it doesn't mean anything -- until it does... then, it's magic.

A Hero's Journey: Scholarship Recipient Goes Full Circle

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif When I was a senior in high school, I was accepted into the Student Rising Above (SRA) scholarship and mentoring program. They gave me the courage to tell my story of resiliency and survival.

Making a Difference: Power Though Knowledge and College Education

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Recently my 12-year-old nephew began to improve in school. When I asked him how he did it he said, "You made me believe in myself." That's what Students Rising Above (SRA) did for me, and what I resolve to pass on to others.

One Big Family: Empowering Low-Income Students to Rise Above

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifSRA assists and teaches these kids not only how to get into college and take advantage of every grant and scholarship that might be out there, but they also pledge to work with them until graduation.

Nurturing the Human Spirit: Balancing Education, Career, and Love of Music

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Alcohol and poverty tore my family apart. In the midst of the chaos, my dreams of pursuing an education seemed unrealistic. I didn't know how I would succeed because I had never seen anyone close to me do it.

Diverse Conversations: Supporting Underserved Populations in Higher Education

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

First-generation, low-income and minority students fare better when they have adequate access to financial aid, support programs that properly introduce them to and sustain them through the academy, and proper high school preparation that equips them to handle the rigor of college work.

Fresh Air: Working With Interns for Social Justice

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifSometimes you need a breath of fresh air. I first learned about Students Rising Above (SRA)--an organization that helps low-income, first generation students earn college degrees--at a time when I really needed a lot of fresh air.

Fighting Spirits: Students Overcoming Life's Hurdles to Achieve the College Dream

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifMy husband, Eddie, and I are proud and honored volunteer mentors for four amazing students through Students Rising Above (SRA). Two are current first-year college undergraduates, and two are high school seniors.

Escaping the Tentacles of Poverty

Students Rising Above | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif It's unacceptable that, at best, 34 percent of low-income first-generation students graduate from college. When I think that only about 2 percent of foster kids in America will graduate college, I'm outraged. When will we decide to honestly and effectively address this shameful situation?

It's Tough to Trail Blaze: Challenges of First-Generation College Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It is not enough to assume that students inherently know how to apply classroom skills to a real-world environment, particularly in the case of first-generation ones.

First Generation Students

Jack Lassiter | Posted 03.27.2013 | College
Jack Lassiter

At a time when a young African-American from a broken home can grow up to be President of the United States, I believe it is imperative that we not limit higher education to the elite. We may be closing the door on tomorrow's leaders.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Students Rising Above | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability. In fact, what's needed are comprehensive programs across the nation that enable promising students to overcome long odds and become dynamic contributors and role models.

Beyond the Buzzword "Underserved"

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Post-secondary education is pivotal to the future employment of our young people and to the health of our region and the economic prosperity of our nation.

WATCH: An Emotional College Acceptance

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 07.10.2012 | College

Eighteen-year-old Senait Weldemariam’s parents were unable to study past elementary school in Eritrea, Africa. In 1993 they immigrated to New York i...