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First Generation Student Experience: Who They Are, Their Characteristics, and Strategies for Improving Their Persistence and Success

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Overview

"Jeff Davis offers keen insight into the first-generation student experience with this readable, informative, and persuasive volume. Smartly pairing academic analysis with student narratives, Davis describes and demonstrates the key barriers to student success for this growing contingent of American students. He presents a range of promising recommendations to support the increasing number of first-generation students who are now enrolling in American higher education."?Diversity and Democracy

Given that first-generation students comprise over 40% of incoming freshmen, increasing their retention and graduation rates can dramatically increase an institution’s overall retention and graduation rates.

This book provides administrators with a plan of action to create the awareness necessary for meaningful long-term change, sets out a campus acclimation process, and provides guidelines for the necessary support structures.First-person narratives by first-generation students help the reader get to grips with the variety of ethnic and economic categories to which they belong. The book concludes by defining 14 key issues that institutions need to address, and offers a course of action for addressing them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579223694
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: ACPA Publication Series
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Davis is an English professor, academic counselor, and administrator at Sonoma State University in California. He became interested in the plight of first-generation college students when he was exposed to the work being done with nontraditional students on the Sonoma State campus through federal TRIO grant projects, which led to his becoming Director of a TRIO Student Support Service project and a TRIO McNair Scholars project. He is currently involved in designing an institute for the study of the first-generation student experience to be housed at Sonoma State.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1) How many First-Generation College Students Are There?
2) The Observable Behaviors of First-Generation College Students
3) The Internal Psychology of First-Generation College Students
4) In Their Own Words
5) Narrative Analysis
6) Recommendations
Conclusion
References
About the Author
Index
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