Navigating the higher education experience is challenging for even the most well-connected students. However, for students in the New Majority – first-generation students and those who fall into one or more historically underserved groups such as students of color, working adults, veterans, parents, and career switchers – the obstacles may seem especially overwhelming. Those in higher education are more aware than ever that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to successfully supporting these students inside or outside the classroom. As higher education continues transforming, the demand for best practices increases.
This year’s theme, “A Mosaic of Success: Higher Education for the New Majority,” invites students, families, professionals, educators, and scholars to share their successes, as well as the challenges that they have encountered. These may cover such varied topics as academic support in non-traditional spaces, development of experiential learning, institutional policies and practices, and demystifying the financial aid process. These presentations can go a long way toward not only creating opportunities for New Majority students but also developing a higher standard for meeting the needs of all students.
The core of the symposium will remain the same: to educate, share ideas, and work to serve the needs of first-generation students and their families. The symposium will feature presentations, breakout sessions, resources, as well as the return of the Student Panel session! The anticipated audience will include students, faculty, and staff from Rowan University and other colleges and universities.