The University of Portland has been honored as a First Forward institution by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Center for First Generation Student Success, according to Matt Daily, Health and Counseling Center. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.
Daily notes that UP is one of three schools in the Pacific Northwest to be selected (UW and WSU), and the only private/Catholic school. UP is also the only school (2 or 4 year) of the 91 total schools in the state of Oregon to receive the honor.
Selected institutions will send representatives to the First Forward Workshop to be held in Orlando in June and will participate in monthly phone calls, virtual professional development, goal setting, blog development, annual reporting, and more. After two successful years in the program, institutions are eligible to apply for the Advisory leadership designation.
For more information, contact Daily at x7895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.