I am looking for recent statistics on the average percentage of students at 4-year institutions who are first-generation. This is for a grant I am writing for a summer program intended to focus on recruiting talented 1st-gen STEM students. I found exactly the graph I want with data up to 2005, but I think the numbers have increased a bit. Here is what I found:
in this report (see p. 7):
But here is a clip from the New York Times ("First-Generation Students Unite", by Laura Pappano, April 8, 2015) which makes me think the percentage is a little higher now:
"Of the 7.3 million full-time undergraduates attending four-year public and private nonprofit institutions, about 20 percent are the first in their families to go to college. While the number has ticked up as college-going has increased over all, the proportion has actually declined from 40 years ago, when 38 percent were first generation, according to the annual U.C.L.A. survey."
Now, I trust the NYT article, but I would feel better directly citing the UCLA study they mention. I'm guessing it's a continuation of the plot shown above, because that report is on the UCLA domain. But I haven't been able to turn it up, and wondered if anyone here could point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance!