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The First Gen Movement

Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that can’t easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the door. Questions of class differences have spurred a nationwide movement of “first generation” student clubs on college campuses.

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American RadioWorks |
Image: Harvard First Generation Student Union Facebook Page.

The First Gen Movement

Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that can’t easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the door. Questions of class differences have spurred a nationwide movement of “first generation” student clubs on college campuses.

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  • 04.15.15

    The Lost Children of Katrina

    In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nation’s highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And researchers are starting to ask: could the widespread gaps in schooling after Katrina be the reason?
  • 04.08.15

    Saving a Women’s College from Closure

    Last month the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school will shut its doors at the end of this term, due to financial difficulties. The announcement was made abruptly, sending the campus community into a state of shock... and then activism.
  • 04.01.15

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  • 03.25.15

    The End of College or the University of Everywhere

    When education policy wonk Kevin Carey looks into the future, he sees the end of traditional colleges and universities and he says that's a good thing.

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BALLENGER, THOMAS CASS, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $7,184.81

Average cost per trip - $1,436.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 467 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - University of Miami, Dante B. Fascell North-South Center
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - keynote North-South Center/U.S. Army War College Conference
Notes - spouse Donna D. Ballenger

Travel Cost - $1,879.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,989.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Coffee Association of USA, Inc.
Dates - March 6, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote conference, attend panels
Notes - Spouse Donna Ballenger accompanied

Travel Cost - $630.95
Lodging Cost - $524.70
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,405.65

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - ESOP Association Carolinas Chapter
Dates - February 5, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Guest speaker and award recipient
Notes - Other expense: taxi

Travel Cost - $840.70
Lodging Cost - $144.48
Meal Cost - $17.00
Other Cost - $155.48
Total Cost - $1,157.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Colombian Coffee Federation
Dates - December 1, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bogota, Colombia

Purpose - Attend annual meeting of Coffee Federation, and Official business
Notes - Charlotte, NC - Bogota, Colombia - Charlotte, NC

Travel Cost - $1,991.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,141.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wilmington Bulk LLC
Dates - July 11, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC - Kenansville, NC

Purpose - Tour of Wilmington Bulk Port Authority and lunch in Kenansville
Notes - Washington, DC (Dulles) - Wilmington, NC - Kenansville, NC - Washington, DC (Dulles)

Travel Cost - $471.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $491.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
Image: Harvard First Generation Student Union Facebook Page.

The First Gen Movement

Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that can’t easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the door. Questions of class differences have spurred a nationwide movement of “first generation” student clubs on college campuses.

Recent Posts

  • 04.15.15

    The Lost Children of Katrina

    In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nation’s highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And researchers are starting to ask: could the widespread gaps in schooling after Katrina be the reason?
  • 04.08.15

    Saving a Women’s College from Closure

    Last month the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school will shut its doors at the end of this term, due to financial difficulties. The announcement was made abruptly, sending the campus community into a state of shock... and then activism.
  • 04.01.15

    The Future of College

    Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is stirring up debate in higher ed circles. This week, a response to the book by a critic.
  • 03.25.15

    The End of College or the University of Everywhere

    When education policy wonk Kevin Carey looks into the future, he sees the end of traditional colleges and universities and he says that's a good thing.