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SparkAction and Demo’s First to Finish College team spoke with several experts working with first gens to discuss what they felt was critical to ensure a student’s success—both before and after graduation
In New York and San Francisco, a nonprofit is quietly helping thousands of first-generation college students finish college and start promising careers.    
Transitioning from college to career brings difficult decisions for any young person, but especially for a first-generation student. Here’s a look at the tools first gens need to make a successful shift.   
Former director of the Social Work Practicum for Our Lady of the Lake University and first-generation college grad, Ruth Bounous, writes about a former advisee whose p
First gens and experts share supports and advice to ease the transition from college to the workforce...
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[COMMENTARY] Mayor de Blasio may be vying for the title of “educational access” mayor in NYC, but he remains silent on issues that would boost higher education access in the city.
Rather than pushing college readiness, Paymon Rouhanifard plans to focus on improving school safety and renovating facilities as a first priority.
The Generation Schools Network explores how schools with tight budgets can achieve dramatic improvements not by increasing spending, but by redeploying their resources.
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In January 2014, the Center for Urban Future convened a symposium with leading education experts focusing on how to fully harness the potential of New York’s 35 community colleges and ensure that more of those who enroll in these institutions actually graduate.

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