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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

  • First-Generation College Students Institute

Institute on First-Generation College Students

The National Resource Center invites those interested in programs and initiatives for first-generation students to join us for the Institute on First-Generation Students. Institute faculty will build a framework for examining trends and practices connected to building a comprehensive, 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 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 is currently designing and creating new initiatives.  

Focused Topics

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



If you have any questions about the content of organization of this event, please contact the Conferences staff at Information about this Institute and other events sponsored by the Center can be found at

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