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Faculty and Staff Resources

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Your support is key to the success of all students, and especially students who are first-generation college students. This page contains resources to assist you in your work with first-generation students at Webster University. Being first-generation is an invisible identity.

If you find through your interactions with a student that he or she is first-generation, you will come to recognize that first-generation students have unique experiences and face some challenges and they navigate through the university environment. It is a wonderful source of pride for these students to be the first in their family to pursue a bachelor's degree. If you have any questions on how to support first-generation college students at Webster, please feel free to contact any member of our Webster First planning committee.

Resources for Advising First-Generation College Students:


The First Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success (2010) by Jeff Davis

First‐Generation College Students: Understanding and Improving the Experience from Recruitment to Commencement (2012) by Lee Ward, Michael Siegel, and Zebulun Davenport

The Invisibility Factor: Administrators and Faculty Reach Out to First‐Generation College Students (2010) by Teresa Heinz Housel and Vickie L. Harvey

Faculty and First‐Generation College Students: Bridging the Classroom Gap Together: New Directions for Teaching and Learning (2011) by Vickie Harvey and Teresa Heinz Housel (Eds.)

Higher Education and First-Generation Students: Cultivating Community, Voice, and Place for the New Majority (2010) by Rashné Rustom Jehangir

First in the Family: Advice About College From First-Generation Students (2006) by Kathleen Cushman

The First-Generation College Experience (2012) by Amy Baldwin

I'm First Guide to College (2015 edition) by the Center for Student Opportunity