image of First Generation College Student textThe concept of "first-generation" students was introduced into federal policy during the passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even in 2017, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students. The TRIO Programs and Metropolitan State University continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.

 

In this light, Metropolitan State University recognizes and celebrates the administration, faculty, staff and students who are first-generation college students, those whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Metropolitan State University creates a positive campus climate that supports and values first-generation college students. 

 

Metropolitan State University will join other higher education institutions across the country for the First Annual First-Generation College Celebration on November 8, 2017 — the 52nd Anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

TRIO Open House

  • TRIO Open House and Unveiling of Mural
    November 8, 2017 10:00am – 11:30am
    TRIO Complex Founders Hall L100/L106
    Metropolitan State University
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Audience: administration, faculty and staff, guests, students
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  • The Journey of First-Generation College Students
    November 8, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Library Eco Lab 302
    Metropolitan State University
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Discussion on why the first-gen mindset is crucial to student retention with faculty, advisors, student services staff and students
    * Light lunch will be served. You are welcome to bring your own bag lunch to this event
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  • Proclamations for First-Generation College Students
    November 8, 2017 4:00 - 5:00pm
    Great Hall New Main
    Metropolitan State University
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Importance of creating a positive climate for first-generation college students
    Audience: administration, faculty and staff, guests, students
    * Light appetizers will be served
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  • First-Generation College Students Perspectives and Celebration
    November 8, 2017 5:00 - 6:30pm
    Great Hall New Main
    Metropolitan State University
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Perspectives form administrator, faculty, alumni and students
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