First-Generation College Students

 

See the recent feature of GENERATE and the "I RELATE" campaign in the Fall 2013 Diversity on Academe Issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.  The GENERATE model also was recently presented at the National Conference on Race in Ethnicity in American Higher Education.

What Is a First-Generation College Student?

The term First-Generation College Student is defined in different ways.

As identified in a recent article from the California State University's Chancellor's Office, about half of CSU undergraduate students will be the first in their families to receive a four-year degree.  These statistics are consistent with those of incoming students at San José State, the first university established in the CSU system.

Achievement gaps persist between those who have parents with a four-year college degree and those who do not nationwide.  Therefore, for the purpose of the GENERATE project, we define first-generation college student as the first in the family to pursue a four-year college degree.

Some students whose family members earned degrees in other countries yet are the first in their family to attend or to obtain a degree from a four-year college/university in the United States also identify themselves as first-generation college students.

Resources

First Generation Students at University Gate