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What to Keep in Mind About Today’s Students

When the latest movie portrays the American college experience, it portrays an 18-year-old heading off to a dorm room. That middle class teenager is far from home for the first time, and is often not too under-resourced—or too homesick—to leave everything behind and head down to Miami for spring break. The reality is radically different.

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Collaborating to Drive Student-Centered Innovation

The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) brings together 11 large public research universities with a common vision: to raise college success rates, particularly for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students.

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A College Student’s Journey

First-generation college student, Danie Korac, reflects on her journey and the obstacles she has overcome to get where she is today.

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Getting Real About Today’s College Students

Today’s average college student is no longer 18, living on campus, and going to school full-time. Rather, the majority of students work while going to college, 40 percent are 25 or older, one-third are first generation college goers, and many are parents, low-income students, and students of color.

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Back to School for the New Majority in Higher Ed

By 2025, our workforce will be short as many as 11 million credentialed workers unless we significantly increase the number of students getting to and through college. And that means that we must do a better job of serving the new majority of students--including those students who have children or are balancing a part- or full-time job. These students bring high but often fragile aspirations to colleges and universities that too often are not equipped to meet their needs.

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