Re-Visioning Success for First-Year Students at an Urban University

  • Victor Borden Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Scott Evenbeck Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, First Year Students, Student Success


Students entering metropolitan or urban universities differ in some notable ways from their counterparts at traditional residential colleges and universities. More importantly, they approach their college studies within a context that typically includes significant work, family, and community obligations. Faculty and staff at these institutions need to develop policies, practices, and programs that accommodate students' lifestyles and, more importantly, take advantage of the enhanced opportunities for learning and engagement provided by their locale.