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A report worth reading It is a rare example of political consensus: educators, researchers, and policymakers across the political spectrum agree that we must send more young people to college and help them graduate.
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When first-generation college-going students are actively involved in college planning conversations and experiences, they enroll in four-year institutions at the same rate as do their middle and upper middle-income peers.
"The invaluable resource of people actively working to promote college and support and motivate students is essential. Without this support, the entire system will falter."
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to education in the United States and other nations.
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College and postsecondary training is just as important for first-generation students as for those from college-educated families. The Pathways to College Network provides easy access to research-based policies, practices and resources for improving college readiness and success of students who are under-represented in higher education.
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In 2014, the White House declared its effort to make college more accessible to low-income students, highlighting the struggles first generation students often encounter while trying to prepare and eventually graduate from school.


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