The difficulties faced by FGS nationwide are also found at Broward College where, since 2016, FGS have outnumbered continuing-gen students. FGS at BC pass fewer courses with a C or better, have lower retention rates, and have lower GPAs. Additionally, the importance of student utilization of campus and college resources is borne out by data showing that students who used the Academic Success Centers pass a greater percentage of courses with a C or above, earn a greater proportion of their attempted credits, and have higher overall GPAs (Institutional Research Data; S. Beaton-Garcia, Personal Communication October 9, 2017). Unfortunately, Broward College students often don’t use faculty as a resource available to them; for example, only 11.3% of Broward College students reported that they “worked with instructors on activities other than coursework” often or very often (Community College Survey of Student Engagement Broward College 2017 Key Findings).
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