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Carnegie Conversation Event: Improving First Year Academic Performance and Retention at PSU - Highlighting PSU's Students First Mentoring Program
Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 3:00pm to Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 5:00pm

CAE: Carnegie Conversation Series Event

First-Generation Students: Improving First Year Academic Performance and Retention at PSU:
Highlighting PSU's Students First Mentoring Program

Thursday, February 1, 2007, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Smith Memorial Student Union Center, Room 238

How can we work effectively with first-generation, low-income students so they make the kind of smooth transition to PSU that will improve both their initial success and their long-term chances of graduating? Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grantee Pete Collier, Sociology, will describe first-generation college student issues and detail how the Students First Mentoring Program helps to fill a gap in the mentoring and support services offered at Portland State for first-generation, low-income students. There will be an opportunity to discuss the implications of this project in our work.

Peter Collier is Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University. His research focuses on access issues within higher education, identity acquisition, and the development of role mastery. He is the project director for the "Students First Mentoring Program," a U.S. Department of Education FIPSE program-funded intervention to improve first-generation college student retention rates. With Christine Cress and Vicki Reitenauer, he is co-author of Serving and Learning: A Student Workbook for Community-Based Experiences Across the Disciplines (Stylus Press co-published by American Association of Higher Education, 2005).

Light hors d'oevres & wine will be served following the presentation

Please RSVP to: caestaff@pdx.edu or 503.725.5642

Faculty, staff, students & the public are invited to attend