First Forward Designation
WSU Selected for First Forward Designation
In May of 2019 the Center for First-Generation Student Success announced that Wichita State University was selected as one of the higher education
institutions who has demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing
outcomes of first-gen college students. The Center for First-Generation Student Success
is an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation.
WSU’s application was submitted by the First-Generation Coordinating Council (FGCC). The application highlighted the increasing percentage of students attending Wichita
State as well as the transformative work underway to make WSU a more student-ready
campus. Our history of service to first-generation students includes our nine TRIO
programs and four GEAR UP programs since 1965, those services provided in both Academic
and Student Affairs and the solid communication about the assets brought to our campus
by this special student demographic.