#061 – Today, on this solo episode, we uncover the default assumptions colleges and universities make about First-Generation College Students (FGCS).
Those assumptions aim to guide the efforts higher education institutions make to support applicants who are considered FGCS.
They have to do with the applicants’ academic preparation, ability to afford college, and the ability to manage the college admission process and college success.
As the episode progresses, I present the different ways in which First-Generation College Students are defined, each depending on the college or organization doing the defining.
This presents problems to students who may be classified as FGCS under one definition, but not under another.
This issue gains importance as I reveal the ways in which most colleges and universities have taken steps to support FGCS. For many students, college success hinges on access to that support.
Additionally, I talk about the reason why colleges and universities make such important efforts to assist FGCS, why it is important for students to find out if they fit the definition, and the simple way colleges re able to know the educational history of their applicants’ parents.
Towards the end of the episode, I provide ways for FGCS to present the challenges most of them have to endure, in ways that allow them to shine during the college admission process.
Links mentioned on this episode:
New York Times Article: Are You First Gen? Depends on Who’s Asking
Questions from First Generation Student Success, a Webpage with Questions That Help You Find Out If You May Be Considered a FGCS
University of California Systemwide Website with Resources and Information for Current and Prospective FGCS and Their Families
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