First Generation Forward Designation

First-Gen Forward Institution badge On February 26, 2020, the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation, announced that the University of Bridgeport was chosen to join the 2020-2021 Cohort of First-gen Forward Institutions!

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As a First-gen Forward Institution, University of Bridgeport joins 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.

NASPA’s commitment to student success was the impetus behind a joint initiative with The Suder Foundation to establish the Center for First-generation Student Success in June 2017. In continuing with the Center’s mission as the premier source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students, the Center launched First-gen Forward, the nation's first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success.

University of Bridgeport is commited to advance the success of first-generation college students along with other First-gen Forward Institutions!


Melanie Strout, Co-Chair
First-Gen Committee
Wahlstrom Library, 2nd Floor
126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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