Engaging first-gen college students

Digital tools can help ensure the academic success of students who are first in their families to go to college, according to a new book co-authored by BC Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Lynch School of Education Professor and Associate Dean Ana M. Martinez Alemán, and BC grad Mandy Savitz-Romer of Harvard University. Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First Generation College Students (Rutgers University Press, 2018) is based on a four-year study of how first-gen college students use web technology, including social media sites, to improve their transition to and engagement with their university. Students were better able to maintain close ties with family and friends from home, as well as engage more with social and academic programs at their university. Technology and Engagement is the recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education Outstanding Book Award for 2018. The authors discussed their book in a BC Libraries video and wrote an opinion piece outlining digital strategies higher education faculty and administrators for Inside Higher Ed.

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