Teaching strategies to encourage persistence of continuation high school graduates in higher education

This study focuses on the characteristics of first generation college students with an emphasis on alternative education graduates of continuation high schools. The purpose of this study is to identify the institutional agents and pedagogies that increase persistence and retention rates of the alternative education graduate population once they enter a higher education institution. Anonymous surveys of 27 continuation high school graduates were collected to identify educational experiences that proved to be beneficial to their persistence through high school and on to higher education.