First-Generation tips & tools
Helpful resources for faculty teaching first generation students at NAU
There is a lot of information available to assist with meeting the needs of first generation students.
- The First Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success (2010) by Jeff Davis
- First‐Generation College Students: Understanding and Improving the Experience from Recruitment to Commencement (2012) by Lee Ward, Michael Siegel, and Zebulun Davenport
- The Invisibility Factor: Administrators and Faculty Reach Out to First‐Generation College Students (2010) by Teresa Heinz Housel and Vickie L. Harvey
- Faculty and First‐Generation College Students: Bridging the Classroom Gap Together: New Directions for Teaching and Learning (2011) by Vickie Harvey and Teresa Heinz Housel (Eds.)
- Higher Education and First-Generation Students: Cultivating Community, Voice, and Place for the New Majority (2010) by Rashné Rustom Jehangir
- First in the Family: Advice About College From First-Generation Students (2006) by Kathleen Cushman
- The First-Generation College Experience (2012) by Amy Baldwin
- I’m First Guide to College (2015 edition) by the Center for Student Opportunity
- Collier, P.& Morgan D. (2008). Is that paper really due today?: Differences in first-generation and traditional college students’ understandings of faculty expectations. Higher Education. 55, 425-446
- Eddy, S. L., & Hogan, K. A. (2014). Getting under the hood: How and for whom does increasing course structure work? CBE – Life Science Education, 13, 453-468.
- Hogan, K. (2012). Closing the Achievement Gap [Video]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Macias, L. V. (2013). Choosing Success: A paradigm for empowering first-generation college students. About Campus. 18(5), 17‐21.
- Rendon, L. (1994). Validating culturally diverse students:Toward a new model of learning and student development. Innovative Higher Education, 19(1), 33-51.
- Rendon Linares, L. & Munoz, S. (2011). Revisiting validation theory:Theoretical foundations, applications, and extensions.
- Stephens, N.M., Hamedani, M. H., & Destin, M. (2014). Closing the social-class achievement gap: A difference-education intervention improves first-generation students’ academic performance and all students’ college transition. Psychological Science, 25, 943-953.
- Stephens, N. M., Fryberg, S. A., Markus, H. R., Johnson, C., & Covarrubias, R. (2012). Unseen disadvantage: How American universities’ focus on independence undermines the academic performance of first-generation college students. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 1178-1197.
In the news
- One Surprising Barrier to College Success: Dense Higher Education Lingo, The Hechinger Report (June 14, 2019)
- What You Should Know as a First-Generation College Student, U.S. News & World Report (May 14, 2019)
- Five Things Families of First-Generation College Students Need to Know, HuffPost College (August 10, 2015)
- Improving College Access and Completion for Low-Income and First-Generation Students, Testimony Provided to Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training (August 30, 2015)
- Who Gets to Graduate? New York Times (May 14, 2014)
- Think of First‐Generation Students as Pioneers, Not Problems, The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 11, 2012)