MSU Joins Alliance to Help Low-income, 1st-Generation Students

KIM KOZLOWSKI, THE DETROIT NEWS SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 AT 1:00 AM Michigan State University will be among 11 public universities across the nation that will be part of a collaborative effort to ensure that low-income and first-generation college students earn degrees, officials will announce Tuesday in Washington, D.C.The unprecedented effort, to be known as the University Innovation…

Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA SEPT. 2, 2014 The trend away from classes based on reading and listening passively to lectures, and toward a more active role for students, has its most profound effects on black students and those whose parents did not go to college, a new study of college students shows. Active learning raised average test scores more than…

The Opposite of Helicopter Parents

By Jake New, August 13, 2014, Inside Higher Ed As the associate provost of Chaminade University of Honolulu, Curtis Washburn has met many first-generation college students. A small Roman Catholic institution located near the white sands of Waikīkī, Chaminade has a significant population of Polynesian students. More than 400 of the university’s 2,700 students are Native Hawaiian…

White House adviser helps Hispanics boost their chances for college

USC Dornsife alumnus publishes a financial aid guide for students and families. by Michelle Boston, July 23, 2014, USC News Emmanuel Caudillo ’06 vividly remembers the challenges he faced as a first-generation college student. For starters, he found some of the application forms to be daunting, particularly the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines…

Tips for first-generation, low-income college students

By Ray Salazar, July 16, 2014 at 4:28 am, Chicago Now This guest post is by Lynda Lopez, a graduate of the University of Chicago and a Chicago public school. I never expected a student like me to struggle in college. I graduated in the top five percent of my class, had been awarded a Questbridge Scholarship to attend…

Do Higher-Ed Policies Make It Harder for Low-Income College Students to Graduate?

Federal financial-aid programs usually cover only 12 credit hours per semester. That automatically puts students on a five-year graduation path. By Janell Ross, July 9, 2014, National Journal  The golden image of college students walking brick-paved paths to attend small classes in ivy-covered buildings hasn’t matched the reality of higher education for a while now. Nearly half…

Coaching First-Generation Students Through College

By Claire Trageser and Aly Seidel, July 3, 2014, KPBS One-third of college students are the first in their families to enroll in college. But few of them graduate within six years, according to the Department of Education. One program is working to change that, one student at a time. Juma Ventures isn’t just trying to…

College Leaders Commit to Help One Million Low Income Students Attain College Degrees

By Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. Huff Post College, Posted: 06/30/2014 7:53 pm EDT Updated: 06/30/2014 7:59 pm EDT College leaders from across the country gathered at the College For Every Student (CFES) Center in Essex, NY on June 24-25 to develop strategies to help one million low-income students attain college degrees by 2025. “The ‘One Million More’ campaign grew out of the…

Centre College awarded $200,000 grant for first-generation students

Funds will help enrich experience for the school’s more than 130 first-generation students The Lane Report, Danville, Ky. (June 26, 2014) —
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation has awarded Centre College a $200,000 grant to support initiatives that enrich the experience of the College’s first-generation college students. Centre has more than 130 first-generation students currently enrolled at the colleges. Associate…

UBS Announces $10 Million Commitment to Support College Success through UBS NextGen Leaders

June 20, 2014 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Business Wire  NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UBS Americas today unveiled a $10 million, five-year commitment to establish a new education platform for improving college success among under-resourced populations. Commencing in three markets — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — with an intensive program focused on young men of color, UBS…