Creating a successful transition for working-class first-year students

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This study explored differences between working-class and middle/upper-class first-year college students enrolled at large, public research universities. Results from administering the Student Experience in the Research University survey at 11 universities in 2010 (n = 23,331) suggest that working-class first-year students reported a less welcoming campus climate, lower academic engagement, higher academic disengagement, and fewer academic interactions with classmates compared with middle/upper-class students. Recommendations for first-year transition programs and new student orientation practitioners are discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-55
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of College Orientation and Transition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


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