First Generation

Alma Lopez, school counselor coordinator at Livingston Middle School, at the school in Livingston, Calif., on December 14, 2021.
Alma Lopez, school counselor coordinator at Livingston Middle School, at the school in Livingston, Calif., on December 14, 2021.
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College & Workforce Readiness 3 Ways to Help Students to Be the First in Their Families to Attend College
Alma Lopez, the 2022 ASCA School Counselor of the Year, offers advice on how to help first-generation students navigate college planning.
Ileana Najarro, January 6, 2022
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College & Workforce Readiness Louisiana Student Finds Stability Amid Tumultuous Freshman Year
Logan Balfantz arrived at the University of Notre Dame last fall considering himself one of the lucky graduates in 2020.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 18, 2021
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Twin brothers John and Jonathan Easter walk together in their hometown of Bradley, Ark. a few weeks before they are going to begin college on July 30, 2021.
Twin brothers John and Jonathan Easter walk together in their hometown of Bradley, Ark. a few weeks before they are going to begin college on July 30, 2021.
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College & Workforce Readiness Video Resilience, Faith, and Support: How Twin Brothers Forged Diverging Paths to College
Twin brothers from rural Arkansas reflect on their path to college in the midst of the pandemic.
Brooke Saias, September 21, 2021
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Supportive hand holds up a student who is reaching for a star
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion I'm a First-Generation American. Here's What Helped Me Make It to College
A college junior shares three ways to help immigrant and first-generation students succeed in education.
Roni Lezama, January 11, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Importance of SAT, ACT Scores Dwindling in College Admissions
A new survey shows that colleges are responding to the call to make SAT or ACT scores optional when students apply for admission.
Catherine Gewertz, November 12, 2018
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Curriculum First-Generation College Students Face Extra Challenges in High School, Too
Students whose parents didn't go to college are more likely to take fewer challenging courses when they're in high school, a new research brief shows.
Catherine Gewertz, February 8, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Colleges Expand Commitments to Recruit Underserved Students
Colleges and universities are expanding their commitments to bring more low-income, high-achieving students onto their campuses as part of the American Talent Initiative.
Catherine Gewertz, December 7, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness First-Generation College Students Face Special Risks, Study Finds
A new study shows that students who are the first in their families to attend college are far less likely to finish college degrees than those from college-going families.
Catherine Gewertz, September 26, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Video Following Up on a First-Generation College-Goer
A year ago, Ayat Husseini’s dreams of going away to college looked like they were evaporating. Her parents, an immigrant couple from Lebanon, had cultural objections and fears about her leaving her home in New York City. This fall, Education Week checked back on Ayat, now happily ensconced on a leafy green college campus in Pennsylvania.
December 7, 2016
2:50
College & Workforce Readiness Video A First-Generation College-Goer Samples Campus Life
A few weeks on a university campus over the summer can help first-generation college students brave the leap to higher education. Betty Torres, a rising senior at IDEA College Preparatory charter school in the small Texas town of Mission, studied medical research at Brown University and astronomy at the University of Notre Dame this summer. She captured her Notre Dame experience in this video. Read more here: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/07/20/summer-programs-help-first-gen-college-goers-brave.html Education Week Video
July 25, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness Obama's College-Completion Goal: One More Sign That It's Out of Reach?
New international data show the U.S. stagnating in global rankings for the number of young adults with an associate degree or higher.
Catherine Gewertz, November 24, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Tradition, Culture Boost College Thinking at Arizona School
A K-8 charter school on the edge of the Navajo Nation develops college readiness by building on the strengths of its students' cultural traditions.
Catherine Gewertz, September 11, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness White House Event Motivates First-Generation College Students to Persevere
First lady Michelle Obama invited 130 students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to encourage them to find ways to complete college.
Caralee J. Adams, July 24, 2015
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