Campuses Offer Array Of Help To First-Generation Students

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

West Virginia University President Jim Clements knows firsthand some of the obstacles faced when students are the first in their family to go to college.

"Neither my parents nor my grandparents went to college," Clements said. Even so, the importance of education was a lesson "my parents taught my brother, sisters and me when we were young."

Today, the members of the Clements family proudly count 11 college degrees among them.

Clements said WVU believes the same thing his parents did: Education is the foundation upon which success is built, and it should be available to anyone who is serious about their studies and wishes to pursue them. That belief, he noted, demands that special help be available for first-generation students.

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