Parents are key influencers on college enrollment for all students, but the parents of first-generation students are less likely to expect their children to enroll in college than parents with postsecondary experience. Even when parents want to be involved, logistical barriers and gaps in social capital prevent the families of first-generation students from supporting students throughout the admission process. This white paper includes four best practices to increase first-generation student enrollment by engaging their parents.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill completed a “translation exercise” to improve the readability of some of their most accessed resources for incoming students. View the case study below, then complete the jargon reduction exercise yourself.
First-generation students need tailored opportunities to address the barriers described above. Check out our tool to help you leverage community contacts to create accessible job shadowing opportunities and provide first-generation students with a supportive introduction to professional interactions