101 Ways to Celebrate on Nov 8!
In need of ideas for your 2019 #CelebrateFirstGen event? Whether you are celebrating on November 8 or hosting a week or month-long event, here are 101 options! Get creative and have fun!
The Center for First-generation Student Success launched in June 2017, with the mission of being the premier source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students. In continuing this mission, the Center is launching First Forward, the nation's first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success.
The Center is currently reviewing applications for the first cohort of First Forward Institutions. Selected institutions will join an elite community of professionals prepared to share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge, and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the United States.
The Center hosted a First Forward Interest Meeting to share information about First Forward, if you would like more information about First Forward please click here to view the recording.
In addition to submitting a complete application by FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019, interested institutions must:
Designate a minimum of two currently employed faculty and/or staff to serve as the institutional representatives to the program (additional faculty/staff are welcome to participate in programming);
Commit to fulfilling the requirements outlined in the requirements of participation section below.
Participants from selected institutions will have opportunities to engage with a national cohort of institutions as well as a regional community of colleagues who are in geographic proximity to their campus. Selected First Forward Institutions will:
First Forward Institutions are invited to attend the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference (March 28-April 1, 2020) in Austin, TX, for cohort and regional meetings, educational sessions, and social engagements related to First Forward and first-generation student success.
First Forward Institutions who satisfy participation requirements for the 2019-2020 cycle will be invited to renew their status as a First Forward Institution. Continued participation allows for new or different faculty and staff participants and requires attendance at the June First Forward Pre-Conference Meeting, completion of the goal-setting exercise and annual report, and engagement in monthly calls. Unless desired, there is no requirement to continue with live briefings or on demand professional development or to complete additional blogs. After two successful cycles in the program, First Forward Institutions are eligible to remain at the same status or apply for Advisory status.
More information for the 2020-2021 cycle will be updated and provided to selected First Forward Institutions in the coming months.
Part One asks applicants to:
Part Two asks applicants to:
The review process will begin promptly after the application close date on MARCH 15, 2019, applications will be closely reviewed by Center staff and the selection committee. Correspondence regarding the application status will come via email to the institutional contact, listed in the application. We anticipate notifying institutions of their selection by early-April.
If you and your institution are located outside of the United States but you interested in learning more about the First Forward recognition program, please email the Center.
Selected institutions will enter the program with the First Forward Institution designation and are invited to actively participate for two cycles (2019-2020 and 2020-2021, currently). After two successful cycles, First Forward Institutions will be eligible to apply for First Forward Advisory Institution status. This designation signals a continued commitment to first-generation student success and allows participants to become cohort leaders and offer leadership support to new First Forward Institutions. This designation also comes with additional recognition for the selected campus.
An institution is also welcome to remain a First Forward Institution beyond two years, without applying for Advisory Institution status, to continue professional development with fewer requirements.
Opportunities for a third level of First Forward leadership are under development and will be announced as the program is established.