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First-generation Initiatives

The Office of First-generation Students is proud to be part of the following initiatives geared toward first-generation student success.

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K-State Receives First-gen Forward Designation
National Honor for Commitment to First-generation Student Success 

The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, recently announced their inaugural cohort of First-gen Forward Institutions. The First-gen Forward designation recognizes higher education institutions who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources. 

K-State will serve in an advisory role as a First-gen Forward leading institution to eight institutions in the midwest to facilitate their advancement of first-generation student success in their respective campuses.

Institutions advised in the First-gen Forward Midwest Regional Community
  • Doane University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • University of Nebraska - Omaha
  • Washburn University
  • Wichita State University


K-State recognized as a First Scholars Network Institution

K-State is one of 31 institutions to earn the select honor, made by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, for demonstrating a commitment to advancing the outcomes of first-generation students through improving both first-generation student success initiatives and approaches across the university. As part of the First Scholars Network, K-State gains access to expertise and proven strategic tools from the Center for First-generation Student Success and will learn and share about successful programs and strategies from other network members.


NASPA's Center for First-generation Student Success seeks to expand evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students

Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative: The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities. Kansas State University’s goal for the next accreditation cycle is to increases the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of first-generation students. Learn more about K-State's work for the HLC Quality Initiative.

NACADA First Generation College Student Advising CommunityJoin a community of academic advisors to learn about best practices in advising first-generation students and engage in conversations related to the first-generation student experience. 

K-State’s First-generation Data: Find information on the most current University’s first generation student data from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment