Access for All
Expanding Opportunity and Programs to Support Successful Student Outcomes at University of Nevada, Reno

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Editor: Melisa N. Choroszy
Editor: Theodor M. Meek

Format: Paper
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781948908184
Published Date: 2019

For many students in Nevada and throughout the nation, they are the first in their family to go to college—these students are identified as “first-generation.” The population of first-generation students continues to increase year-over-year and their unique needs have shaped the way education practitioners must approach serving future students effectively.

This collection of essays, written by University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) faculty and students, is an examination of the programs and strategies created to support first-generation and other underrepresented student populations. In addition, it serves as a dedication to the families and students whose hopes and dreams include the attainment of a college degree. Readers will gain insight into the framework needed to provide accessible programs and services to a large and diverse student population before, during, and after college graduation as well as first-hand success stories from the students themselves.

Each generation hopes for a better life for their children. Higher education, in particular, has been a dream for many in this country that has been made possible through public and private financial support. Every new generation of college-bound students faces new and evolving challenges, but the fierce dedication and commitment demonstrated in these pages define the key to developing a thriving and diverse institution that helps all students succeed.

Author Bio
Melisa N. Choroszy, Ph.D., is the associate vice president for enrollment services at the University of Nevada, Reno where she oversees the offices of Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Office for Prospective Students, Office of International Students and Scholars, the Disability Resource Center, Academic and Opportunity Support Programs, Veteran Services, and athletic eligibility.
Theodor M. Meek, M.A., is the director of advising for the university advising center at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he focuses on the transition from recent high school graduates to incoming college students.