College Access, Persistence, and Postbachelor's Outcomes
Explore the findings on first-generation students' success compared with their peers whose parents attended at least some college.
Peralta & Klonowski / Journal of College Student Development / May 1, 2017
Students who have parents with little to no postsecondary education have an increasing presence in colleges and universities (U.S. Department of Education, 2010). Researchers recognize that these individuals face unique barriers in higher education programs that affect their ability to graduate (Jamelske, 2009). Given the wide concern about student retention (Engle & Tinto, 2008), attention to this group of college students labeled "first-generation" (Ward, Seigel, & Davenport, 2012, p. 3) is particularly important.