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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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OOHLALA @ EDUCAUSE 2016


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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