Creighton University was recognized by the Center for First-generation Student Success for advancing to the first-scholars phase of the First Scholars Network. Creighton was chosen based on its demonstrated commitment to advancing the outcomes of first-generation students through improving both first-generation student success initiatives and institution-wide approaches.
“Creighton’s selection as First Scholars Network institution is a testament to our fidelity to first-generation success and devotion to creating a transformative experience and inclusive environment to advance student outcomes across campus,” said Shirleena Terrell, director of TRIO Student Support Services and First-Generation Student Success at Creighton.
The Center for First-generation Student Success is an initiative of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and The Suder Foundation. The First Scholars Network is a four-phase approach that allows institutions of higher education to advance outcomes by establishing communities of practice, gaining knowledge of resources, and establishing peer networks.
“This recognition as a First Scholars institution is a tremendous and humbling honor for our University as it demonstrates that our students thrive thanks to world-class support from staff and faculty,” said Wayne Young Jr., PhD, vice provost for Student Success. “It is another example of how seriously Creighton takes its commitment to cura personalis – care of the student.”
Sarah Whitley, PhD, vice president with the Center for First-generation Student Success, said she was pleased to welcome Creighton University as a new First Scholars institution.
“Through every step,” Whitley said, “it was evident that Creighton is not only invested in serving first-generation students, but is prepared to make a long-term commitment to radically change the way first-generation students are served and to employ strategies for sustainability and scale that result in intentional impact.”
Kevin Kruger, PhD, president and CEO of NASPA, said that Creighton, through its participation in the First Scholars Network, is positioned to be a leader in first-generation student success. “I look forward to seeing their success as they drive national change and advance success outcomes for first-generation students,” he said.