About this episode: Engaging more first-gen students in college and improving their graduation rates are key to increasing the social mobility of future generations of Americans. This episode examines the journeys of three first-gen higher education students: Jake, a 78-year old retired research chemist with a Ph.D., and Arianna and Demetri, two community college students with plans to transfer to a 4-year university. Resources for this episode: Azziz, R, (2016, Oct 6). Why engaging more first gen students in higher education matters. Huffington Post. California State University, (2016). 2016 Factbook. California State University, (2016). Graduation Initiative. Carnevale, A. P., Smith, H, & Strohl, J. (2013). Recovery: Job growth and education requirements through 2020. Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Engle, J. & Tinto, V. (2008). Moving beyond access: College success for low-income, first-generation students. The Pell Institute. National Center for Education Statistics, (2014). Digest of Education Statistics. Total fall enrollment of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students in degree-granting postsecondary institutions. Venator, J. & Reeves, R. V. (2015, Feb 6). Three reasons college matters for social mobility. Brookings.