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Unpublished Paper
First-Generation College Students at the University of Kentucky
Policy Analysis Center for Kentucky Education (PACKE) (2011)
  • Michael Peabody, University of Kentucky
  • Neal H. Hutchens, University of Kentucky
  • Wayne D Lewis, University of Kentucky
  • Matthew Deffendall, University of Kentucky
First-generation college students (FGCS) have been shown to graduate at lower rates than their continuing-generation counterparts even after controlling for other variables. We will attempt to examine the characteristics of FGCS and determine initiatives the University of Kentucky might enact in order to increase the graduation rates for this segment of the student population. In doing so we will discuss “promising practices” in student retention, examine programs designated by UK’s Top-20 plan as benchmark institutions, and submit a series of recommendations to better serve FGCS at the University of Kentucky.
  • First Generation College Students,
  • FGCU,
  • University of Kentucky,
  • Graduation rate,
  • Student retention
Publication Date
March 10, 2011
Citation Information
Michael Peabody, Neal H. Hutchens, Wayne D Lewis and Matthew Deffendall. "First-Generation College Students at the University of Kentucky" Policy Analysis Center for Kentucky Education (PACKE) (2011)
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