How first-generation students learn to navigate education systems: a case study of First Graduate. Journal Article uri icon



  • Students from underrepresented groups who seek to become the first in their family to attend college confront economically and racially stratified education systems. This article reports findings from an evaluation of First Graduate, an organization that offers college advising, mentoring, tutoring, and case management to first-generation students starting in seventh grade. We highlight three systems that youth say they encountered on their pathway to college: open enrollment, course taking, and college admissions. We describe how youth navigated these systems and the roles that adults played in support. Our conclusion discusses implications for how after-school programs can support first-generation students.

publication date

  • January 1, 2011

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • September 5, 2013 3:14 AM

Full Author List

  • Kirshner B; Saldivar MG; Tracy R

author count

  • 3

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-5781

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 107

end page

  • 122


  • 2011 Suppl 1