First Generation

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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
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: Education Week Video
July 25, 2016
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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College & Workforce Readiness First-Generation Students' Struggle to Be Ready for College
New data bring a fresh urgency to the extra support that first-generation students need to tackle their college aspirations.
Catherine Gewertz, July 20, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Selective High Schools Work Together to Diversify Student Population
Leaders of selective high schools work on strategies to reach out and change policies to attract more qualified, disadvantaged students into their programs.
Caralee J. Adams, May 21, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Wider Access to Education Is Crucial to Fixing Income Inequality, Says Economist
Economist Paul Krugman speaks about the need to improve access to college for low-income students at annual ACE conference in Washington.
Caralee J. Adams, March 17, 2015
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School & District Management Scholarship Program Urges 7th Graders to Take Massive Open Online Courses
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and edX have partnered to encourage 7th graders to take a massive open online course to improve their chances of being awarded a precollege scholarship.
Caralee J. Adams, January 16, 2015
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