The Many Faces of First-Generation Students

Nearly one-third of post-secondary students enrolled in two- and four-year colleges in the U.S. are referred to as first-generation or “first-gen”, meaning their parent(s) or guardian(s) did not complete a four-year college degree. Of course, this is the formal definition, used to guide research and bring some tangibility to such a widespread and multidimensional title. With that said, a flexible…

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This past month, OOHLALA team members had the opportunity to attend the EDUCAUSE conference in Anaheim, California. EDUCAUSE is the premier event for IT professionals in higher ed and ed-tech specifically. Here are some of the highlights from the conference:   The Importance of Mobile Technology As pressure mounts on communications, student affairs and other departments to increase student involvement and…

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Collaborating to Produce Employable Graduates

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills When post-secondary graduates walk across the stage, diploma in hand, how do they really feel about leaving behind a life of academic familiarity to make their way in the “real world”? As it turns out, a large number of them feel as though they are lacking some of the skills and resources necessary to…

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Dear Freshman Self

I am ashamed to admit that I have previously shied away from exercising my right to vote, citing my lack of political knowledge as an excuse- however invalid. We all benefit from a bit of hindsight perspective, so I’ve written a letter to my Freshman self, highlighting three key questions that post-secondary students may want to consider as they strive…

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