Postsecondary access and success for first-generation college students


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Author: Engle, Jennifer


A college education is considered the key to achieving economic success and social mobility in American society. Higher levels of educational attainment are related to higher incomes and lower rates of unemployment, and the earnings gap between high school and college graduates only widens over time. While access to higher education has expanded dramatically in recent years, students whose parents did not go to college remain at a distinct disadvantage. First-generation college students, most of whom come from low-income and minority backgrounds, face a number of challenges - from poor...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Equity; Higher education; Demographics; Participation; Teaching and learning; Students; Outcomes

Keywords: Postsecondary education; Barrier; Access to education and training; Academic achievement; Educational program; Educational background

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: American Federation of Teachers, 2007

Journal title: American academic

Journal volume: 3

Journal date: 2007

Pages: pp. 25-48

ISSN: 1553-443X, 1553-4421 (online)

Resource type: Article

Document number: TD/TNC 117.1380

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