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Plugging the Leaks in the College Pipeline: Supporting the Success of First-Generation College Students (EDU374V)

Presented by: Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
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Strategies for Helping First-Generation Students Prepare for and Succeed in College!

First-generation college-goers experience a variety of challenges as they prepare for, enter and move through higher education. According to existing research, students whose parents did not attend college are more likely than their non-first-generation peers to be academically less prepared for college, have less knowledge of how to apply for college and for financial assistance, and have more difficulty acclimating themselves to college upon enrollment. Educational institutions should therefore provide first-generation college students with information and guidance to enable them to understand how to prepare for and select the right college to attend, how to successfully persist in college, and how to prepare for life after college.

In these challenging and uncertain political times, determining best practices for making the most of existing resources while continuing to serve the most at-risk students effectively is critical. First-generation students experience a variety of challenges as they enter and move through higher education, and educational institutions are best positioned to provide students with specific resources and support to ensure they persist and graduate from college successfully. College preparation and support programs like TRiO and Summer Bridge can address the diverse needs of our students with innovative approaches to supporting student success.

This session, based on expert speaker Paz Oliverez’s first-hand experience as an advisor, program coordinator, and student affairs administrator, will provide a current picture of the statistical landscape related to persistence and graduation of first-generation college-goers, insight in to “what works”, and how to implement high-impact practices on your campus through the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, and students. 

Low rates of college completion for first-generation college-goers is a major problem in the United States. However, robust student support programs can help to plug leaks in the college pipeline and ensure that first-generation students are prepared for and able to access higher education. This session will demonstrate that through a holistic approach to supporting student success, even the most educationally disadvantaged students can be successful in college.

Session Highlights

  • CAS Standards for TRiO Programs
  • Sample Summer Bridge and FYE Program Content
  • Guidance for Advisor Meeting
  • Guidance for Peer Mentor Meeting
  • Presentation on College Survival & Success
  • Faculty Panel Questions & Handout
  • Financial Literacy PowerPoint & Handout

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the challenges first-generation students experience in preparing for college and best practices for supporting college access:
  • Learn how Summer Bridge and First-Year Experience programs can play a critical role in easing the transition from high school-to-college for first-generation students;
  • Be provided with proven strategies for building cross-campus collaborations between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to support student persistence, retention, and graduation;
  • Learn to use a proactive, holistic approach to student support in order to empower first-generation students at different points along the college pipeline;
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to build programmatic and institutional capacity through the development and implementation of robust curricular and co-curricular efforts.

Who should attend?

  • 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
  • Vice President Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Dean of Student Services/Affairs
  • Student Services Staff:
    • Advising
    • Counseling
    • Career Services
    • Recruiters
    • Residence Life
    • Retention Specialist
    • Student Life
  • Campus Staff:
    • Developmental Education
    • Diversity
    • First Year Experience
    • Learning Centers
    • Tutoring
About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez | Undocumented Students SpeakerDr. Paz Maya Oliverez
Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez is currently Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she administers EOP, Summer Bridge, the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience, the Career Center, & Supplemental Instruction. Dr. Oliverez is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Masters ... More info

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