First-generation students "lag behind" their peers

June 11, 2007

A report released late last week shows that first-generation PSE students in the US “consistently lag” behind other students in several areas.  The report, by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, is based on data collected from 35 years of freshmen. First-generation students rate their own math, writing, and leadership skills lower than their peers do. The number of first-generation students who “expect to earn advanced degrees” has increased over the last 35 years, though.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)