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Virtual Bulletin Board Launched to Support Future First-Generation Terps

By Maryland Today Staff

What should students know about starting college? How should they talk to a professor about an assignment? Or know whether to withdraw from a class?

This year, as part of a national program to encourage more first-generation college students, the University of Maryland community is invited to contribute to a new virtual bulletin board. Suggestions and tips posted there will help UMD's Student Success Office create a new website of resources and information for potential Terps who would be the first in their families to attend college.

“Some information is taken for granted,” said Lisa Kiely, assistant dean for undergraduate studies and undergraduate ombudsperson. “We know that we’ll want to include links to important resources and create a robust glossary. But we want to make sure we are filling all the gaps by crowdsourcing our efforts.”

The virtual bulletin board is one of the ways that UMD is participating in the nationwide celebration led each November by the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Center for First-generation Student Success. Academic Achievement Programs is hosting a #FirstGenTerps mixer at 5 p.m. Monday. RSVP using this form.

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