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The Lessons From Making First-Gen a Priority

Colleges have prioritized enrolling and graduating first-generation-college students. But who are those students? And what do they need?

Far from a monolithic entity, first-generation students reflect many different identities, beyond the simple identifier of being the first in their families to attend college. In the first event of a series, “What It Really Takes to Be a Student-Centric Institution,” The Chronicle meets with leaders in student affairs and academic services to discuss their efforts to best serve first-generation students — and how that experience has influenced the way they approach their work with the student population at large.

Join us as we examine:

  • Who are first-generation students?
  • What does it take to create wraparound services to support them?
  • What lessons have colleges learned during the Covid-19 pandemic that apply?


  • Sarah Brown, senior reporter, The Chronicle
  • Anthony A. Jack, assistant professor of education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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