First-Gen Forward

Agnes Scott College Receives First-gen Forward Designation; National Honor for Commitment to First-generation Student Success

Monday, March 8, 2021

Decatur, GA, March 8, 2021—The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, has announced that Agnes Scott has been designated as a 2021-22 “First-gen Forward cohort.” This designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes for first-generation college students.

Agnes Scott has been recognized for social mobility in prior years as well – a result of its focus on ensuring the academic success of all students – including the large number of first-generation and Pell-eligible students who attend.

“The Center is so pleased to welcome Agnes Scott College into the 2021-22 First-gen Forward cohort. Through the application process, it was evident that Agnes Scott is not only taking steps to serve first-generation students but is prepared to make a long-term commitment and employ strategies that foster an environment of success for this important population,” said Dr. Sarah E. Whitley, assistant vice president, Center for First-generation Student Success.

As a First-gen Forward Institution, Agnes Scott faculty and staff will be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with peer institutions that are also creating environments to improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students. Selected institutions will send representatives to the First-gen Forward Workshop slated for early-June. After two successful years in the program, institutions are eligible to apply for the Advisory leadership designation.

“We are delighted that Agnes Scott has been recognized as a First-gen Forward institution,” said Agnes Scott President Leocadia I. Zak. “This designation, which is the nation’s first recognition program of its kind, speaks to our commitment to student success and to our strategic focus on connecting the liberal arts to professional success, as evidenced in our SUMMIT curricular and co-curricular experiences. First-generation students are integral to the Agnes Scott community, and we are intentional about facilitating and creating transformative learning experiences that contribute to their success, both inside and outside the classroom.”

“First-gen Forward is an exciting opportunity for Agnes Scott College to join a dedicated 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-gen Forward cohort and know Agnes Scott will be a significant contributor,” offered Dr. Kevin Kruger, president, and CEO of NASPA.

Please visit PathMakers to learn more about first-generation efforts at Agnes Scott College. To learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success, visit

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