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First Generation Students Stand Out

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

July 2019

Campus Lab, a US company originally focused on student feedback but now more broadly engaged in higher education data collection and analysis, has published a web-based report “Fresh Insight on First-Generation Students” comparing six non-cognitive skills of students who are the first in their family to go to university (“first generation”) with students from a HE family background.

Using data from their Campus Labs Student Strengths Inventory, which measures students in six non-cognitive skills, they could compare first-generation students with their peers. Their system showed this kind background for 750 000 students, of whom 14% are first-generation.

Their analysis shows that first-generation students (14% of a survey size of 750 000) have a slightly higher score in educational commitment, academic self-efficacy, academic engagement, and campus engagement. But they score less on social comfort and resiliency.

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