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The First-Gen 'Gap That Still Exists'

December 1, 2021 1-minute read
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Despite colleges’ apparent focus on first-generation students, their success is still not as much of a priority as it could and should be. That was more or less the consensus last month of a group of experts and leading practitioners who recommended what more needs to happen to create supportive environments that help students reach their potential.

Higher ed should be “celebrating the accomplishments and the work that has taken place at our campuses” while “acknowledging the gap that still exists,” said Henoc Preciado, who oversees basic-needs initiatives for the California State University system. (A basic-needs ambassador training program there helps faculty and staff members, as well as peers, connect students with food and housing resources, plus recognize boundaries and understand any relevant cultural considerations.)

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