Supporting First-Generation Students: Providing Access, Maximizing Student Achievement & Increasing Persistence
As 2-year and 4-year institutions place increased attention on student success and retention, the preparedness and transition of first-generation college-bound students, especially during the freshman and sophomore years, is more important than ever. So, how can faculty and administrators better identify and support first-generation students early in their academic career? How can they do this in a way that addresses student success at every level?
This webinar will examine the path and support a first-generation student can receive through the lens of two TRIO programs, Talent Search, and Special Support Services. In this webinar, participants will learn strategies that address providing college access opportunities, maximizing student achievement, supporting successful transition and persistence to the college environment, and creating opportunities for global citizenship. These success strategies support first-generation students and are transferable to other students, whether you have a TRIO program or not on campus.
- Examine the academic, social, and financial needs of first-generation and low-income students and their impact on college access, transition, persistence, and graduation
- Identify institutional college access campus supports and representatives to create and increase collaborative systems of approach and student support
- Determine which campus stakeholders would most benefit from the methods discussed (e.g., Admissions, Academic Support, First-Year
- Experience, Student Affairs, Financial Aid)
- Explore institutional strategies for strengthening K-12 pipelines to recruit, retain, and graduate more prepared students
- Share methods for sustainability given financial restraints and potential budget decreases
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- First Year Experience Coordinators
- Retention Specialist
- K-12 Partners & College Access
- Outreach & Recruitment
- Advising &Counseling
- Career Services
- Financial Aid
- Residence Life
- Anyone on campus who works with first-generation students
P. Brandon Johnson, PhD, is Assistant Director for Tutoring Services with TRIO Special Support Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in a support unit that provides service for students that are first-generation, come from families of modest income, and or have a documented disability. As a researcher, he investigates living learning communities and variables that contribute to the retention and persistence of African American males, primarily at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Additional research interests include the outcomes of first-generation and single-parent students as well. His research has produced several presentations at national and regional conferences, webinars, and symposiums concerning student retention, the first-year experience, and academic advising.
Brandon has a doctorate in education studies: higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is the co-founder and former coordinator of an African American male retention program at North Carolina A&T State University. He is a certified facilitator of 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens, a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and the North Carolina Council of Educational Opportunity Programs.
Jason A. Moore is Director of Educational Talent Search at Rutgers University-Newark. A researcher of scholarly issues relative to the field of academic support, college access, the minority male demographic, programmatic assessment, adult learning theory, and behavioral health studies. Formerly a professional school counselor and educational consultant in the state of New Jersey, Moore most recently served as the Associate Director of the Early Identification Program at George Mason University, which serves as Masons college access and preparatory program.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy from Elon University and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the National Academic Advising Association; the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A); the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; and Pi Lambda Theta, an International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education that recognizes professional educators of excellence. His experience with student support services, NCAA compliance processes and athletic academic advising, and program facilitation at the K-12 level has created a detailed framework for his student advocacy and educational initiatives.
What is a live webinar?
A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
What is an on-demand webinar and how do I get access?
An on-demand training is a previously recorded webinar available online for faculty and staff to access anytime, anywhere. You can register for on-demand trainings at any time. You typically receive a link to the recording and handouts within 24 hours of registration.
How long are the webinars?
Webinars can be 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Please check the webinar page for the exact timeframe.
How do I register?
You can register online by adding the product to your shopping cart. You can also register by fax, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or mail by completing the paper-based registration form. The paper-based registration form is unique to each webinar and is available on each product page.
How do I request accommodations?
For captioning, please contact us 7 days in advance. 303.955.0415 or email@example.com
When do I register?
You can register at any time, even the morning of the live event. If the live event has occurred, you can purchase the on-demand training (recording) of the session. You can register for on-demand trainings at any time.
What is the process for attending a live event?
The process is as follows:
- We email participants login instructions approximately 1 week prior to the live event.
- We email participants a link to the PowerPoint (.pdf) and any additional handouts approximately 1-2 days prior to the live event. Participants can make copies for attendees if desired.
- We give a courtesy reminder call the day before the live event.
- On the day of the live event, participants can login 30 minutes prior to the start time. Once logged in, participants can see the PowerPoint slides, ask questions, and make comments via the chat feature.
- We email participants a link to the recording the Monday following the live event.
Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?
Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.
What are the technical requirements?
Innovative Educators uses WebEx as its web conferencing provider. If you have not previously attended a WebEx event, please Join a Test Meeting to make sure your computer is compatible with WebEx. Be sure to complete this test prior to the live event. System Requirements - Webex System Requirements
What equipment is required?
For individual or small group viewing, a computer with a reliable Internet connection and audio capabilities are all that’s needed. For large group presentations, we recommend a computer with a reliable Internet connection and speakers, as well as an LCD projector. Participants can call in via phone if they are having trouble retrieving the audio over the computer. Please be sure to reserve a meeting room prior to the live event that can accommodate these requirements as well as your attendees. You should reserve the room 30 minutes prior to the webinar start time and you may want to allow at least 15-30 minutes after the webinar for discussion.
How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?
1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.
- 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
- 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
- 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
What type of payment do you accept?
You may pay with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa), PO, check, or electronic transfer of funds. You can email us (firstname.lastname@example.org), call 303-955-0415 or fax 1.866.508.0860.
Where do I send payment?
Please mail checks and POs to our mailing address:
3277 Carbon Place
Boulder, CO 80301
What is your cancellation policy?
Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.
- 30 days prior: Full refund
- 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
- Fewer than 14 days: Credit toward another IE event. Please note that registration for the live webinar includes access to the recording which you can share, as it is a campus access license. We email the recording the Monday following the live event. For questions, please email us or call 303.955.0415.
What are the benefits of online training?
Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.
Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.
Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.
Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.
Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.
Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).
How can we use these trainings?
- Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
- Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
- On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.
Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.
Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.
New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.
Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.