Working with first-generation students presents educators and counselors with unique challenges and potentially great rewards. While the enrolment rate of first-generation students in the U.S. is rising gradually, their retention and graduation rates are dismal and stagnant. Nearly 90% of low-income, first-generation students don’t graduate on time. The dropout rate of these students is also alarming- almost a quarter of them leave after the first year.
It’s a challenge for colleges and teachers to keep these students motivated enough to complete their degree. The very fact that they try to defy societal norms and family systems to pursue their dreams is commendable. But, they need an extra dose of encouragement and inspiration to remain on course.
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