Academic advisors are witnessing a growing population of students that identify as first generation. These students need validation that they belong in a university setting and that their degree is attainable.
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The emphasis on retention has become an even greater focus and concern for many institutions across the country as students question the logistics of attending classes in the midst of a pandemic. The why statement challenges students to think about their purpose and their motivation to pursue their declared major.
The ability to be academically successful and persist in a college setting is multifaceted, and students are frequently subjected to multiple risk factors. In recent years, learning analytics and early alert platforms have become more prevalent, thus enabling campuses to proactively and intrusively offer support to students who are indicated by data as being at-risk of failing or dropping out. By considering these themes, advisors can begin to gain a better understanding of the challenges At-Risk First Year Students may encounter.