The concept of "first-generation" students was introduced into federal policy by the TRIO community in 1980, during passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even in 2017, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students. TRIO educators continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.
In response, the COE Board, in partnership with NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and other higher education organizations, is asking college access and success professionals to join with TRIO's McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement and Student Support Services programs across the country for the First Annual First-Generation College Celebration on November 8, 2017 — the 52nd Anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Possible ways to participate in the celebration include:
COE also has plans for the First-Generation College Celebration that will be shared at our 36th Annual Conference, from September 13-16, 2017. More information about our Annual Conference is available here.
Communications efforts can and should involve multiple tactics that will help students identify other first-generation college-goers on campus and also boost support within the campus community.
These efforts should include:
To continue the momentum after this event, potential follow-up activities may include:
Help all first-generation students on your campus find their voice!