The celebration was hosted by the First-Generation Commitment Working Group, an organization dedicated to increasing campus-wide support for first-generation students, in order to provide these students the opportunities to network with each other as well as faculty and staff.
Cassandre Alvarado, director of UT’s Student Success Initiatives office, co-chairs UT’s new working group on first-generation students. She said the University is moving to be more inclusive and allow self-identifying first-generation students to access resources on campus.
The four year-graduation rate has continued to increase because of new student success programs, including a greater emphasis on graduating in four years, data analysis of course progression among students and the creation of multiple groups on campus for first-years.
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Melissa Moore, UTPD’s student development and engagement coordinator, said the internships are meant to provide students with skills they can use outside of the 40 Acres.
Arguably the cornerstone of the University’s 70 percent initiative has been the Student Success Initiatives launched in 2013.