American Sociological Association

First-Generation College Status in the ASA Membership

May 2016
Authors: John W. Curtis, Nicole V. Amaya

In response to recent reports about the challenges facing first-generation college students, the ASA began to think about how to address this issue within the discipline of sociology. The ASA Research Department conducted a survey intended to ascertain the extent of first-generation students within the ASA membership. This research brief explores the characteristics of ASA members who were the first generation in their families to attend college.

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