The Importance Of First Generation Students In Higher Education

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amounts of information about why first generation students decide they will not attend higher education, however this researcher believes educational research should focus on what interventions, motivations, and strategies specifically encourage and motivate FGCS to attend college. Knowing this will allow educators to support and encourage more FGCS to attend college.
Professional educators who know best practice policies working with FGCS can influence more FGCS to enter college. FGCS represent a population of students which are sometimes called invisible. FGS ride the education pipeline from early education through secondary education and do well but fail to matriculate into higher education or are unsuccessful once they transition into higher education because they arrive on campus with multiple barriers which confound their efforts to assimilate into college campus life. Ultimately a student’s educational experiences prior to entering higher education critically impact a student’s post-secondary education choices. Contreras (2011) found that minorities underachievement is due to limited early experiences which form barriers to a shared language, culture.
Although educational researchers understand barriers FGS face when considering higher education, this information pertains to the first generation population in general and specifically addresses minority students and those students from low socioeconomic background. More research needs to be performed to

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