Background

Mission

Through advising, mentoring, and group interaction, the First Generation Transition and Mentoring Programs will strive to improve the retention and success rates of First Generation College (FGC) students at Texas Tech by fostering an environment that supports their academic, social/community, and personal needs.

Vision

Increasing the educational attainment of First Generation College (FGC) students at Texas Tech University.

History

Inspired by the state of Texas' Closing the Gaps initiative, First Generation Transition and Mentoring Programs created the PEGASUS program (now called FYS) in 2002. The program was established in response to the increase of underrepresented and First Generation College (FGC) students enrolling at Texas Tech University. As time progressed, we took our programming a step further. In 2014, we designed the Second Year Success (SYS) program for FGC students in their second year. Through these uniquely designed programs, we are able to address the educational achievement gap for FGC students, of all cultures, by providing academic support, mentoring, and outreach opportunities. Together, both programs serve as supportive communities that help each student transition through their first year and second years of college. By including a student-mentoring component, the FYS and SYS programs have continued to increase retention and success rates of FGC students and underrepresented populations.

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