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Challenges of a First Generation College Student

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Tania Wittgenfeld

on 3 June 2013

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Building Learning Communities Among First Generation College Students Challenges Agenda First Generation Students Presented by Tania Wittgenfeld Persistence Financial Stability
Lack of Familal Support
Academic Readiness
Knowledge of Support Programs
Awareness of Resources Available
Time Management Skills
Study Skills
Educational and Career Goals
Computer Literacy
Coping Skills
Motivation to Learn Mission
First Generation College Student
Diverse Needs
Resources and Support Programs
Persistence A look at First Generation College Students First Generation Student Opportunities Building Relationships Engagment w/Learning Strategies Information provided by Joliet Junior College Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Only 25% of first-generation students complete a Bachelor’s Degree within eight years of graduating high school, compared to 70% of students whose parents possess degrees.
is committed to providing a quality education
that is affordable and accessible to the diverse student population it serves.
Through a rich variety of educational programs and support services,
JJC prepares its students for success in higher education and employment. Nearly 70% of JJC students are first-generation students. Financial Stability
-Research shows that students at community colleges are less likely to apply for financial aid. Challenges Many First Generation students lack the resources, direction, and knowledge about college processes and planning. English Language
Learner Student with a Disabilty Developmental Socio-Economic Status Parent Additional factors that may have an impact on the
diverse needs of these students Adult Learner Non-Traditional Student Gender Sexual Orientation Minority Motivated by a different set of goals, in particular upward mobility, financial stability, and providing better opportunities for their children. Lack of Parental Support Student/Parent Orientation & Workshops
Promote the Importance of Education
Financial Literacy
Parental Involvement
Access to Resources
Developmental Courses Academic Readiness Tutoring Reading and Writing Center Math Learning Center Support Programs Project Achieve Project Success Project Achieve STAR/Disability Services
Resource Room Academic Skills Center Workshops Resources and Support Programs
Designed to help students gain access to the tools needed to be successful at Joliet Junior College. Speaking Center (TRIO) OMSA Advising Career Counseling Library (Learning Resource Center) Computer Lab ESL-English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program Counseling Division of Adult and Family Services (DAFS) Early Childhood Center Holistic Wellness Transfer Center Student Life & Services Key Factors Linked to Persistence-
Building Learning Communities which foster engagement with learning, support, and integration into campus social, cultural, and academic environment.
Developing Curriculum and Instruction which focus on college success skills, campus civlity, diversity, academic and social engagment and career preparation
Building Relationships- Faculty and student interaction and the quality of relationships
Promoting contact among students and staff, campus civility, academic and social engagement, diversity and inclusion, and the motivation to learn
Strategic Planning-
Flexibility in Course Offerings- Times and Locations
GSD 085 and GSD 100 level course offerings
Intervention Strategies
Access to Support and Services
Early Alert Programs
Continuous Improvement-
Curriculum and Instruction
Assessing and Tracking Program Initiatives
Assessing Pilots and Intervention Strategies
Assessing Student Satifaction- Benchmark-CCSSE student satisfaction and needs survey; College Student Inventory (CSI) tool
Measuring Student Outcomes
Assessing Student Course Completion, Retention, Persistence and Matriculation
Comparative Data Analysis Financial Literacy CCSSE- Barriers to Persistence What keeps students from reaching their academic goals? How a College Success Course Supports
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