First-Generation Students and Social Class Links

October 23, 2014: Poor teeth: If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege

A powerful piece about the way in which teeth aesthetics play a role in the way people view you, which can ultimately deter your personal success. Provocative, honest, and a must-read.

October 27, 2014: Princeton launches new initiatives to increase socioeconomic diversity

Princeton elaborates on previous announcements of new programs for low-income students. Their partnership with Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) will be expanded, in addition to broadening their bridge program for incoming freshmen.

 October 28, 2014: Dream of a Yale education now in reach for low-income Chinese students

A $10 million gift to Yale will fund the education of low-income Chinese students admitted to the university in coming years.

October 28, 2014: College to provide Metcalf internship opportunities for all incoming undergraduates

The University of Chicago has set the goal of expanding their Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, which offers paid internships to students at placements across the country. The College has taken immediate steps to offer all low-income students paid internships during the summer after their freshmen year, which will start next fall with the class of 2019.

October 28, 2014: University hires head of Student Enrichment Services

Northwestern University has hired the director for its new office for first-generation and low-income students, one of the few offices of its kind at peer institutions.

October 28, 2014: Michigan colleges look to boost low-income enrollment

An insightful look at low-income student enrollment at Michigan colleges. Kalamazoo College stands out as an interesting case study, as it increased its low-income students by a third to 22% and went from having virtually no first-generation students to about 16% in just a decade.

October 30, 2014: Costly postgraduate education promotes classism rather than social mobility

It seems the inequality and barriers never end in American education. A provocative look at the expensive process of applying to and paying for graduate school.

October 30, 2014: NY Times College Access Index calculation methods may be misleading

A critique of the NY Times economic diversity rankings, which placed Swarthmore low on the list.

October 2014: UNC receives $3 million grant from new First in the World program

With its $3 million grant, UNC Chapel Hill will focus on its Finish Line Project for first-generation students.

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