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What is First-Generation Student

Overcoming Challenges and Creating Opportunity for African American Male Students
A first-generation college student is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree.
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An Empowering Experience: Black Males Developing Competencies Abroad
Raul Leon (Eastern Michigan University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5990-0.ch012
This qualitative study explores the experiences of 12 Black males who studied abroad as undergraduate students. This study was concerned with understanding the potential impact of study abroad on their personal, academic, and professional decisions. Findings are organized in three main sections: preparing to study abroad, life abroad, and returning home. This study revealed that Black males in the study had strong predispositions to study abroad and secured encouragement and support from a number of individuals and groups to study abroad. While abroad, students enhanced their sense of independence, were challenged to be critical and creative, and had opportunities to reflect upon several aspects of their own identity. Once students returned home, study abroad continued to have an influence on their lifestyle, career decisions, and commitment to actively participate in their community.
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Mentoring, Partnering, and Follow-Through: TRIO Programs Provide a Path Through the Wilderness
College students who do not have at least one parent who has obtained a college education.
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Ask About Me: The Self-Efficacy of First-Generation Students
A student whose biological parents have not received a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution in the United States.
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Diversity and Social Justice: Promoting Academic Achievement Among Diverse Learners in College
A student who is the first in their family to attend and graduate from college.
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Teach Real: Creating Authentic Human Connection in the College Classroom
Student entering 4-year university whose parents/guardians did not complete a degree at a 4-year university.
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Academic Motivation and Self-Discipline Strategies for Online Learners
A student whose primary parents and/or caregivers both did not graduate with a four-year degree.
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