The focus of this Working Group is on the ways COVID-19 impacts college persistence for first-generation college students (FGCS). Research suggests that FGCS tend to come from low-income households and arrive at college with fewer resources as compared to non-FGCS. What happens when FGCS return home? This group will use qualitative methods to assess this occurrence and provide administrators with data on the ways to best support vulnerable populations through an event.
First-Generation Students and College Persistence during COVID-19
Working Group Lead
Cassandra R. Davis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Working Group Members
Stephanie Farrell, Rowan University
Harriet Hartman, Rowan University
Sharon McCann, Rowan University
Dara Méndez, University of Pittsburgh
Jason Méndez, University of Pittsburgh
DeMond Miller, Rowan University
Terri Norton, Bucknell University
Rachel Pruchno, Rowan University
Julie Sexton, University of Colorado Boulder
Milanika Turner, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Working Group Resources
Understanding College Persistence for First-Generation College Students Living Through COVID-19
Facing COVID-19 at Home: An Assessment of College Persistence for UNC-CH’s First-Generation College Students
North Carolina Public Radio: How Is COVID-19 Hitting First Generation College Students?
As Schools Respond to COVID-19, We Can Learn from Teachers Affected by Natural Disasters
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