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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

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  • 04.01.15

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Back to The Data

Office of

Tom Cole


Total cost of 30 office trips: $88,416.72


Trips by Tom Cole
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $39,900.13

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: ORIENTATION FOR NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $519.50
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $9,032.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO-OHARE
Sponsor: National Food Processors Association
Purpose: TOUR FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS TO LEARN ABOUT SAFETY PROCEDURES, FOOD PROCESSING, LABELING AND PACKAGING
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination: WICHITA, KS
Sponsor: Koch Industries
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN COLE PARTICIPATED IN KOCH INDUSTRIES POLICY FORUM
Date: Aug 29, 2003
Expense: $605.25
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $10,668.96
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: PRE-PAID LEGAL SERVICES INC
Purpose: PRE PAID LEGAL SERVICES, INC. BIANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Sep 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $412.90
source

Destination: OKC-PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (PRINCETON, NJ)
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN POLARIZATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,079.83
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,782.84
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.54
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPOKE TO A CLASS OF STUDENTS ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Expense: $532.90
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $6,617.15
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Cole

Chris Arnold
Christopher Caron
Keri Dennis
Rob Johnson
Pete Kirkham
Scott Parman
Brad Watson



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.