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“Navigating the Pipeline: The Progression of First-Generation Students through Doctoral Education

April 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Graduate School’s Diversity & Student Success Spring 2018 Speaker Series will host Dr. Karri Holley (Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Alabama), who will present Navigating the Pipeline: The Progression of First-Generation Students through Doctoral Education.

First-generation college graduates represent almost one-third of doctoral degree recipients in the United States. Yet the uniqueness of their personal trajectories is rarely acknowledged. Drawing on extensive interviews with first-generation doctoral students and data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates, this lecture considers the importance of finances, family, the academic discipline, and the academic institution in the graduate school experience with an emphasis on how multiple components of a student’s identity including but not limited to the educational achievements of a parent help explain first-generation doctoral student achievements.

Dr. Holley’s research broadly examines the contemporary university, with a particular interest in graduate education. She has served on numerous advisory boards for NSF-funded projects focused on interdisciplinary and graduate curricula.

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April 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fed Ex Global Center
301 Pittsboro Street
chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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