The concept of "first-generation" students was introduced into federal policy by the TRIO community in 1980, during passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even today, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students. TRIO educators continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.
Last November, the Council for Opportunity in Education's Board, in partnership with the Center for First-generation Student Success of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, asked college access and success professionals to join with TRIO programs across the country for the First Annual First-Generation College Celebration on November 8, 2017 — the Anniversary of the Higher Education Act.
The 2017 First-Generation College Celebration was such a success, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education have decided to make it an annual event. The 2018 Celebration will take place on November 8, 2018.
For more information on the celebration and the Center for First-Generation Student Success, please click here.
Possible ways to participate in the celebration include:
Communications efforts can and should involve multiple tactics that will help students identify other first-generation college-goers on campus and also boost support within the campus community.
To see highlights from the 2017 first-generation celebration, please click here.