Students

From Foster Care to Freshman Year

How colleges can provide a step up to those students who have rarely ever had one

Sarah Rypma for The Chronicle

Graduation rates at Western Michigan for foster youth like Alexis Matthews (left) and Alyssa Robinson are higher than elsewhere but "still unacceptable," a program coach says.
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In a rec room on the campus of Western Michigan University, 28 current and former foster youth form a line along one wall. It’s the first day of their orientation into the college’s Seita Scholars program, and the participants are getting to know...

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