Leaving the security and support of a home to go to college for the first time is a difficult task for many students. But even more so for first-generation students because they lack key knowledge that others get from their parents; knowledge and guidance that helps them face and overcome early challenges on campus.
Earlier attempts to promote student success in first-generation students focused solely on providing financial support and but it soon became apparent that other supports were crucial as well. However, gradually we are moving towards a more comprehensive and holistic approach which includes mentoring, advising, networking, and financial and social supports that capitalize on the students’ strengths.
This webinar by higher education expert, Dr. Jerald Henderson, Ph.D., will first define the characteristics of a first-generation student and outline current data and challenges in graduating first-generation students. You will learn the important elements of data collection and analysis and discuss best practice strategies for postsecondary institutions to promote and enhance student success.
You will walk away with more research-based strategies that can be adapted to your own institutional needs as you move forward in your efforts to improve the educational experiences of first generation students. The objective of this session is generating institution-based discussions that will speak to specific approaches that are tailored to the needs and challenges of the participants.
- The characteristics of a first-generation student.
- Holistic approaches for secondary and postsecondary institutions to work with first- generation students
- Role of secondary schools play in assisting first generation students to make informed postsecondary school choices
- Identify missing elements that derail first-generation students’ success
- Research-based and evidence-based best practices for student success
- The importance of collaboration (both internal and external) in working with first-generation students
- Crucial elements of data collection and analysis for sustaining and improving efforts to increase student success
- Live Q&A session with speaker
- PowerPoint presentation and reference list (upon request)
- Certificate of attendance
Who Will Benefit:
- High school administrators (e.g. district school superintendents, principals, assistant principals)
- High school staff (e.g. high school college counselors who work with juniors and seniors)
- College and university administrators (e.g. academic and student affairs deans, chairs, directors, enrollment management/admissions officers, and provosts)
- College and university staff (e.g. faculty, advisors, student affairs personnel, learning assistance personnel