The Finish Line Project: 4-Year Degree Attainment for First-Generation College Students

Research project

Description

The Finish Line Project will ensure more first generation college students (FGCS), including rural, transfer, and historically underserved students, will access, persist in, and complete postsecondary study through the implementation of multifaceted programs and supports. The Finish Line Project includes innovative and evidence-based strategies to help students earn four-year undergraduate degrees in a timely and affordable manner. The project contains supports and structures for students of all majors as well as targeted interventions for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors. The project has a three-part approach including (1) curricular innovation, (2) outreach and support, and (3) pathways for timely and affordable degree completion. This intentional three-part approach ensures prompt results as well as far-reaching and long-lasting success. Activities exhibiting Evidence of Promise set the foundation for the project’s work. The project also includes a continuous evaluation plan that will provide early and frequent empirical feedback to enable the project to be dynamic, responsive, and agile. The First in the World grant will provide seed money for The Finish Line Project, which will be sustained by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and fully integrated into institutional practices after the grant period ends.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date10/1/149/30/18

Funding

  • US Department of Education (DOED)

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