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Academic First Year Experiences

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Understanding and Supporting the Learning Process for First Generation College Students at CSUN

A blue first-prize ribbon standing for First Generation college students.


Just under one-third of CSUN's entering freshmen are first-generation college students--that is, they come from families where neither parent has more than a high school degree (Huber and Naganand, 2008). The campus takes justifiable pride in the fact that we seek to extend the promise of a college education to our students. But we also know that the experience of being the first in a family to attend college may impact students' academic performance, self-confidence, and persistence.

In May 2009, Lideth Ortega-Villalobos (University Counseling Services) led a conversation in which she shared her recommendations for supporting and inspiring these students to make the most of their learning experiences. See the list of Resources below for additional information.

(For information about other workshops in the Freshman Faculty Series, call Academic First Year Experiences in CIELO: x6535 on campus.)


In addition to Lideth's handout for this session, these resources may be useful to you (and your students):

Also see the resource list supporting CSUN's faculty book groups on Teaching Unprepared Students by Kathleen Gabriel.