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FIRST GENERATION STUDENT EXPERIENCES

ABOUT THE FIRST GEN STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE

Like many higher education institutions, The Chicago School’s student body is growing more and more diverse year over year. One aspect of diversity that is not highlighted often is first generation student – or “first gen” - status. At The Chicago School, a first generation undergraduate student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States. A first generation graduate student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a master's or higher degree in the United States.

This initiative aims to recognize and support the success of first generation undergraduate and graduate students at TCSPP through the First Gen Student Success Program. The First Gen program is coordinated by the Office of the Dean for Student Success and advised by a to-be-established TCSPP First Gen Advisory Group. The initiative aims to create a comprehensive program for first generation students that will include online resources, peer connection, community building, and recognition.

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