Battling Inequities in Secondary Education
for September 21, 2020
“Students who are both low income and first generation who enter college have a 21 percent chance of earning a bachelor’s degree in six years. Their peers who are not low-income or first generation have a 57 percent chance.” (http://pellinstitute.org/indicators/reports_2019.shtml)
Non-profits across the country are fighting systemic inequities in higher education by helping students navigate the college application process, persist through college, and obtain career connections following graduation. Some of these organizations are focusing specifically on college persistence to tackle this issue, while others are focusing on specific skills and weaving in college persistence programming into the skill development.
A first-generation college attender faces many challenges that those who parents attended college do not face. They are the first ones in their family to navigate college selection and financial aid. When these students enter college and life challenges arise, they are the first in their families to navigate how to find resources to tackle their problems and continue to persist toward graduation. And then following graduation, many students are faced with what often feels like an insurmountable challenge when looking a job that they can afford to pay off student loans, afford a livable wage, and save for retirement. Thankfully, incredible organizations exist to help students and young adults face these challenges head on and succeed!
If you are interested in learning more, here are some resources: