Northeastern University Receives First Forward Designation
Northeastern University was recently recognized as part of the inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions by the Center for First-Generation Student Success. This program is an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession by providing high-quality development, advocacy, and research for all of its members. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.
Some of Northeastern’s initiatives that make it more inclusive to first-generation students include:
- The First-Generation Affinity Group, hosted by the Center for Intercultural Engagement,
- The FUNL Network, a coalition of campus partners aimed at identifying and developing resources for first-generation students,
- The Torch Scholars Program, which provides unparalleled support for first-generation students,
As well as efforts across campus from individuals and departments targeted to first-generation student support.
“The Center is so pleased to welcome Northeastern University into our inaugural cohort of First Forward institutions. Through the application process, it was evident that Northeastern University is not only taking steps to serve first-generation students, but is prepared to make a long-term commitment and employ strategies for significant scaling and important advances in the future,” said Dr. Sarah E. Whitley, senior director of the Center for First-generation Student Success.
Representatives from Northeastern attended the First-Generation Student Success Conference, held in Orlando, Florida, on June 16 to 18. Northeastern will bring together a campus team of representatives from across the institution to engage with the information learned at the conference. Future opportunities as a First Forward Institution include the ability to participate in monthly phone calls, virtual professional development, goal setting, blog development, annual reporting, and more. After two successful years in the program, Northeastern will be eligible to apply for the Advisory leadership designation.
“First Forward is an exciting opportunity for Northeastern University to join an elite community of professionals prepared to share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge, and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the country. We are excited to see a groundswell of activity from the First Forward cohort and know Northeastern University will be a significant contributor,” offered Dr. Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA.
If you are interested in learning more about the First Forward Initiative, click here to check out the great work of this center.