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The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition invites those interested in programs and initiatives for first-generation students to join us for the Institute on First-Generation College Students. Institute faculty will build a framework for examining trends and practices connected to building a comprehensive and intentional approach to ensure the success of first-generation students.

Individual sessions are designed to build on one another so that participants leave with a personalized action plan for use on their home campuses. Modeling the active pedagogies we advocate for our classrooms, the Institute faculty employ group work, problem solving, case studies, discussion, and other active strategies to engage participants in learning.

We at the National Resource Center firmly believe that participants will find this Institute to be a rich and rewarding experience, whether your institution is already involved in initiatives for first-generation students or currently designing and creating new initiatives.

Focused Topics

  • Defining first-generation students and understanding their needs
  • Discerning elements of a comprehensive institutional approach to first-generation success
  • Identifying factors that contribute to their success 
  • Developing curricular and cocurricular strategies tailored for first-generation students
  • Strategizing to gain institutional support for programs and initiatives
  • Defining the role of faculty and staff in first-generation student success
  • Assessing programs and strategies for support

Institute Faculty

Amy Baldwin, Director, University College - University of Central Arkansas

Althea Counts, Associate Director, TRiO Programs - University of South Carolina

Russell Lowery-Hart, Vice President, Academic Affairs - Amarillo College

La'Tonya Rease Miles, Director, Academic Resource Center - Loyola Marymount University

Michael Siegel, Director, Administration of Higher Education Program - Suffolk University

Dorothy Ward, Director, Entering Student Program - University of Texas at El Paso

James Winfield, Coordinator, Outreach - University of South Carolina