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What is 1ne Generation?

The 1ne Generation program is a new, collaborative initiative between Student Transitions and TRiO Student Support Services aimed at providing first-generation college students with the resources needed to be successful at Austin Peay State University. According to 2012-2013 APSU Institutional Research and Effectiveness data, at least 47% of incoming, APSU freshmen are classified as first-generation college students.


The mission of the 1ne Generation initiative is to support, retain, and graduate first-generation college students (First-Gens) at Austin Peay State University. We will accomplish this mission through exposing First-Gens to opportunities that will allow them to:

  • CONNECT to the APSU community,
  • ENGAGE in the collegiate experience,
  • DEVELOP personal values and professional competencies, and
  • EMERGE as ethical and socially responsible citizens.


ine Generation's vision is to create a transformative collegiate experience, all while, enhancing students personal values and civic responsibility as they gain knowledge, skills, and professional competencies for life and work in a global society.

We define first-generation students as those whose supporting parents do not hold a bachelor’s degree*. From a national perspective, only 51% of first-generation college students graduated within a six-year time period, compared to 71% of those that are not first-generation (Pell Institute, 2011). Other factors, such as being low-income, also negatively impact the probability of retention and graduation for first-generation students.

Source: Pell Institute Fact Sheet (2011):                                                                        

In efforts to ensure we are meeting the needs of this special population, the 1ne Generation program was born. The beginning stages of 1ne Generation entails identifying APSU faculty and staff who were first-generation students in hopes of normalizing the experience and providing encouragement for our first-generation student population.  Incoming first-generation students and their parents will then have the option to attend sessions specific to the first-generation experience during GOVS R.O.W.  Once at campus, students will have the opportunity to participate in various workshops, activities, and opportunities designed to CONNECT, ENGAGE, DEVELOP, and EMERGE!

If you have any questions about 1ne Generation, please contact:

Ms. Ashlee Spearman, Director

Student Transitions