An Annotated Bibliography on First-generation College Students: Research from 2008-2019

This project is an annotated bibliography of the research from 2008 to 2019 on first-generation students. The purpose of combing through a decade of material was to help us figure out how we got to our current understanding of first-generation students and first-generation college graduates. The authors attempted to answer the question “How did we get here?” and found that, while there has been a flurry of research and practice related to the first-generation student experience, there is so much more we can and should be studying and sharing.

Suggested citation: Baldwin, A., Rease Miles, L., Boyd, W. D., Bruner, D. L., Foote, S. M., & Gutierrez, M. (2021). An Annotated Bibliography on First-generation College Students: Research from 2008-2019. Center for First-generation Student Success; NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. https://firstgen.naspa.org/journal-and-research/an-annotated-bibliography-on-first-generation-college-students-research-from-2008-2019

About this project

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An Annotated Bibliography on First-generation College Students: Research from 2008-2019 examines hundreds of entries, placing each into chapters centering on eleven topics: career readiness; classroom teaching and pedagogy; graduate and professional school students; intersections of identity; low-income & working-class students; student refugees; mass media and popular culture; memoirs and fiction; parents and families; social and cultural capital; and student success.

Annotated Bibliography

Press Release

Center for First-generation Student Success releases comprehensive summary of research on first-generation college students.

Press Release

Authors

Bio: Amy Baldwin
Amy Baldwin, Ed.D.

Former Director and Senior Lecturer of Writing, Literacy, and Academic Success in Student Transitions, University of Central Arkansas

La'Tonya Rease Miles 2020 Headshot
La’Tonya Rease Miles, Ph.D.

Director of Scale and Support, Career Launch

Bio: Whitnee Boyd
Whitnee Boyd, Ed.D.

Past-Chair; Coordinator of Special Projects, Office of the Chancellor, Texas Christian University

Dawn Bruner Headshot
Dawn L. Bruner , Ed.D.

Director, Parent and Family Relations, University of Rochester

Stephanie Foote
Stephanie M. Foote, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Vice President, Stony Brook University

Mike Gutierrez Headshot
Mike Gutierrez, M.Ed.

Senior Program Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin

Statistics

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33% stat image

33% of higher ed students today are the first in their family to attend college.
U.S. Department of Education

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27% stat image

Only 27% of first-generation college students complete a bachelor's degree in four-years
Higher Education Research Institute

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surveyed institutions

Of surveyed institutions, only 50% have identified a "point person" to lead first-generation initiatives
2018 National Landscape Analysis of First-generation Student Success Programs at Four-year Institutions

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78% Senior Administrators

78% of senior administrators at my institution care about first-generation students This statistic is reflective of all university leaders, practitioners, and scholars surveyed for the landscape analysis. 
2018 National Landscape Analysis of First-generation Student Success Programs at Four-year Institutions

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20 percent versus 42 percent

20 percent of first-generation college students had obtained a bachelor’s degree 10 years after their sophomore year in high school compared to 42 percent of continuing-generation students.
U.S. Department of Education

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