Not Everyone is a Tony Stark!

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The cost of college has increased* exponentially in the past twenty years, and it continues to increase, while some students are fortunate to have financial support many do not, and all will agree that any help in navigating the financial strain of affording a college education is appreciated.  A simple way to help students afford college expenses is by using Open Educational Resources* to defray the cost of textbooks, as it offers a way to search for content specific materials which are completely free.

Collegiate life encapsulates a time where there are many challenges and uncertainties for students.  An impactful document which can help you understand the complexities of the problems students face was developed by students at the University of Georgia (UGA); it is titled Being Not Rich UGA*.  This living document offers opportunities for students to compile smart and effective ways to navigate the financial concerns which come with college life, and highlights the simple fact students need to worry more about financial security more than ever before.


Resources for Teaching 1st Gen College students at VCU

A population which is in need of consideration and support is 1st generation college students*, as they struggle a great deal with becoming accustomed to college life and the nuances of a different environment.  The following articles offer insights into this specific population:

  • A great place to start to support new students navigate life at VCU is the Life at VCU website where they become keyed into all the happenings around the university.
  • Another website which offers a broad overview of all the different types of student services afforded it the page designated Current Students.
  • Student Services and the Campus Learning Center are two resources which can help students navigate college life at VCU.
  • McCallen and Johnson (2019)* present significant findings on the perceptions of first generation students and the role institutional agents within a college environment.

Other Resources

  • The best resource for learning more about OER is to access the VCU Libraries resources.
  • 16 OER Sites offers a great overview of useful open educational resources which you can use for students.
  • I’m first* is a great resource for interacting with other students who are the first in their families to attend college
  • Getting students to find a mentor to answer all their questions is important to their social growth, Ustrive* allows students to find a mentor who will help them navigate college life.
  • VCU TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded program aimed to improve the graduation rates of first-generation, low-income students with disabilities through multiple support mechanisms.

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