These are the students in Tennessee
Who I believe will be most attracted to free tuition at community colleges through Tennessee Promise. Wherever they go, we need to do more to help them succeed. From Higher Education Morning.
Having parents who never attended college can begin hurting a student’s chances before he or she even fills out an application.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), students whose parents didn't attend college are less likely to:
First-generation students, according to the NCES, consistently:
- discuss college with their parents
- take college prep courses in high school, and
- apply to college.
With the odds seemingly stacked against them, it’s no wonder first-generation students have lower retention rates than students whose parents attended college.
- enroll in fewer classes
- complete fewer classes, and
- earn lower grades than their continuing-generation peers.
According to the NCES, first-year retention rates for first-generation students are four percentage points lower than continuing-generations students. The disparity between the second-year retention rates is even worse: First-generation student rates are nine percentage points lower.