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July 22, 2020

Academic Achievement Center and Office of First-generation Students staff present webinar

Submitted by Kiley Moody

Staff from the Academic Achievement Center and Office of First-generation Students, in collaboration with the University of California Riverside, presented a webinar July 14 for the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success.

Allison DuLac, academic coach; Jessica Preston Kerr; managing director of academic coaching; and Kiley Moody, managing director of scholar services, presented "Mining First-gen Gaps: (Re)assessing Campus Infrastructure Amid a National Crisis." 

The webinar focused on how K-State and UC Riverside used resources, infrastructure, assessment, student feedback and campus collaborations to leverage, innovate and develop models for short and long-term student success support to address the changing and evolving conditions as a result of COVID-19.

A recording of the webinar is available for NASPA membersNASPA'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.

K-State is part of the inaugural cohort of First-gen Forward Institutions and First Scholars cohort. Both are initiatives of the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success. 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. First Scholars supports institutional desire to scale programmatic initiatives to support first-generation students throughout the student lifecycle and beyond.

Approximately 25% of undergraduate students at K-State identify as first-generation college students. Visit the Office of First-generation Students for additional information regarding K-State's first-generation student initiatives.