December 4, 2019

“…first-generation students and finals, too …”

Last month amidst the hustle and bustle of another busy semester, some may not have noticed the annual celebration of first-generation college students.  November 8th is designated as a day to recognize the unique contributions and experiences of students who are part of the first generation in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree.  The Council for Opportunity in Education began this annual recognition three years ago and participation has increased each year since. 


Being a first-generation student can often result in difficulties such as:  navigating a college campus; struggles with the many new terms and acronyms (bursar, fafsa, provost, fee bill, …); and in general, a longer time to adjust to the collegiate environment.  Many of us were first-generation students so it should not be hard to understand these students’ journeys.  Perhaps if we reached out to let them know that they can and will succeed just as we have, we can help improve their opportunities for success.

Additionally, now is the season that many students dread, finals season.  This year has moved incredibly fast and the fall semester has been no exception.  Finals are here and our students are a bit more stressed than usual (so are some of us who teach and have to grade those same finals).  In any case, let us all pay a little closer attention to our charges and make sure that we support them all through completion of exams and papers on through to a happy and healthy winter break.

Continue to do good work,


  • AABHE 2020 National Conference Registration is NOW OPEN!!  Click here to register online now!

  • Have you checked out the International Study Tour to Ethiopia and Dubai?

  • AABHE cordially invites all members who register for our 2020 National Conference, in Charleston, SC, to promote and celebrate their book(s) during the Conference.  Join us for the AABHE Book Expo and Signing Friday, March 20, 2020.   Contact Dr. West at

  • AABHE invites your institution to participate in our Annual National College Fair. The goal of the fair is to introduce high school students in the Charleston area to higher education opportunities, as well as offer our undergraduate and professional attendees an opportunity to explore graduate degree options. Last year's fair held in Indianapolis featured 21 colleges from around the country! This year's fair will take place Thursday, March 19th, 2020 starting at 3 pm. Cost to register for the event is $100 per table. We would love for your institution to be a part of the AABHE 2020 
    College Fair.  For more info, please contact Dr. Wade at

“It’s all about the students”,

Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr
Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr.
President, AABHE

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