Over the past several decades, considerable research attention has been given to first-generation college students in order to help improve their graduation rates. This is clearly an important issue, as 62% of first-generation college students fall short of their educational aspirations within eight years of high school graduation (1) and because first-generation college students composed nearly 16% of the nation’s incoming freshman class in 2005 (2). Fortunately, recent research has identified some of the ways that first-generation college students are different from their non-first-generation peers and how those differences can actually be leveraged into strengths and greater success (such as improved GPA).
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Access to information and support cited among contributing factors
A new report out last week shows a growing disparity between the numbers of rich and poor students who complete college in young adulthood. Released by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, the report finds that the college completion gap has risen significantly in the past two decades.