Exploring The Ways Jargon Influences College Access & Success for First-generation College Students

with Sonja Ardoin

About This Course

College knowledge is the information and resources students need to navigate through the higher education system (e.g., Ardoin, 2018; Vargas, 2004; White, 2005). One distinct aspect of college knowledge is the language and acronyms that institutions use to create their own jargon. Utilizing research data and case studies, this live briefing will explore the ways jargon influences college access and success for first-generation college students. Participants will reflect on and discuss how jargon appears in and shapes student matriculation and transition, creates barriers and challenges during across campus experiences, and influences persistence.  Suggestions for how to manage jargon use and continue learning about these topics will be offered.

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this session will

  • learn about college knowledge and institutional jargon as an access and success challenge, particularly for first-generation college students;
  • examine jargon items through research data and case studies;
  • reflect on how their office or institution might be creating in-groups and out-groups with their language and acronym choices; and
  • explore strategies to broaden language to be more inclusive of all students and campus community members.


This session is $49 for NASPA members, $99 for non-members. Pricing will be accurately reflected in your cart.

Accessing the Presentation

Once you complete your registration, you will be able to access the course by clicking on the "Login" button at the top of this page (or any page on olc.naspa.org).

  • You will be asked to login with your NASPA user name and password. Once you have done so, you will hit continue and be redirected to your dashboard in the Online Learning Community.

  • You will find the session listed under "Enrolled."

  • This session is recorded. By clicking into, "Contents," you will find the session recording, resources, and PowerPoint slides. You may view the materials as many times as you'd like, at whatever pace you would like.

  • If you have any difficulty accessing the materials, please contact Jace Kirschner (jkirschner@naspa.org).

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