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Leveling UP: Addressing the Difficult Realities First-Generation College Students Face

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2-2-2022 9:30 AM

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2-2-2022 10:30 AM

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COVID-19 continues to negatively impact our first-generation students' academic and holistic success. The factors that made the college experience difficult before COVID-19 have been exasperated. Despite the challenges many of our first-generation students faced during COVID, they were able to find a way to persevere and “level up.” While faculty and student support professionals should celebrate their resolve and commitment, we must not forget about the students who wanted to succeed but didn’t. First-gen students may face a different reality and often fall through the cracks. The types of support they need may not be available at the institution. To address these needs, institutions must “level up” and provide broad-based student-centered support and infrastructure. During this presentation, participants will explore the unique realities first-generation students have faced during COVID in and outside of the classroom, assess the current metrics that are used to determine what “success” looks like, and discuss ways they can “level up” their pedagogy, programming and services to support their student population.

Presentation offered twice. Second presentation is below.

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Feb 2nd, 9:30 AM Feb 2nd, 10:30 AM

Leveling UP: Addressing the Difficult Realities First-Generation College Students Face

COVID-19 continues to negatively impact our first-generation students' academic and holistic success. The factors that made the college experience difficult before COVID-19 have been exasperated. Despite the challenges many of our first-generation students faced during COVID, they were able to find a way to persevere and “level up.” While faculty and student support professionals should celebrate their resolve and commitment, we must not forget about the students who wanted to succeed but didn’t. First-gen students may face a different reality and often fall through the cracks. The types of support they need may not be available at the institution. To address these needs, institutions must “level up” and provide broad-based student-centered support and infrastructure. During this presentation, participants will explore the unique realities first-generation students have faced during COVID in and outside of the classroom, assess the current metrics that are used to determine what “success” looks like, and discuss ways they can “level up” their pedagogy, programming and services to support their student population.

Presentation offered twice. Second presentation is below.