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Available Research

While research on first-generation/low-income students is available in a variety of publications, it may be helpful to begin an exploration of this topic with the reports from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. Sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education, the Pell Institute conducts research to examine issues related to educational opportunity for first-generation and low-income students. A number of the reports issued by the Pell Institute, such as Raising the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students, may be accessed at the following
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One of the best periodicals available on issues related to low-income students is Postsecondary Education Opportunity, edited by Tom Mortenson. Information about this journal can be accessed at

Those who would like to develop professional relationships and attend conferences with others working in support of educational opportunity may consider joining the Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (WAEOPP). This state association is affiliated with the Council for Opportunity in Education. Information about WAEOPP, including the membership form, is available at