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Abstract

The authors found that the experience of academic dismissal for first-generation college students (FGS) differs from that of non-FGS in that the FGS cited wrong course choices, inability to examine personal strengths and weaknesses, and not seeking academic help as reasons for dismissal. FGS who appealed the institution's dismissal decision indicated that if permitted to re-enroll, they would become more involved in campus and seek faculty contact; these behaviors, the authors suggest, are crucial for the students' academic success.