In January 2014, the White House urged that college be made more accessible for low-income Americans. Moving beyond access to success, however, requires knowing more about the experiences of these students.
This research report captures the challenges low-income, first-generation students face in their collegiate journey, examining the strategies they employ to persist. Organized thematically and using student narrative, the brief report explores the diversity of first-generation students, the intersections of their multiple identities, and their interactions with the institutional agents that affect college success. An Exploration of Intersecting Identities of First-Generation, Low-Income Students also offers practical suggestions for higher education professionals working with this diverse and growing population.
First-Generation Students: Intersecting Contexts and Identities
Setting the Context: The Focus-Group Study
Betwixt and Between: Visible/Invisible and Different Worlds
Negotiating New Terrains: Perpetual Border Crosser and Burden of Privilege
Finding Footholds: Establishing Voice and Call for Genuine Commitment.
Discussion and Implications
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