Launching Investigations

Help under-resourced and first-generation college students build the resources they need to succeed in college and in life. These resources will prepare you to organize, coordinate, and/or facilitate an Investigations into Economic Class in America course for college students.

This award-winning curriculum guides college students through an investigation of the impact of economic class on their lives. Designed to support college retention and completion initiatives, Investigations helps low-income and first-generation students build resources to successfully navigate the complex worlds of college and the workplace, plan for a brighter future for themselves and their families, and contribute to a sustainable community.

Investigations also is appropriate for middle- and upper-income students, who often find both the content and the unique co-investigative methodology to be life-altering.

The curriculum can be used as part of college orientation, developmental courses, learning communities, credit-bearing curricula, and service learning. It also can be used with juniors and seniors in high school to prepare first-generation and under-resourced students for college.

Learn how this unique program can empower individuals, build a more inclusive campus culture, and support increased community sustainability. After you’ve attended Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students, participate in a face-to-face or online Investigations Facilitator Training event. Or, with sufficient demand, Investigations can be offered as a workshop on your campus at a time of your choosing.

For more information about Investigations, see the College Achievement Alliance FAQs page.


  • Investigations into Economic Class in America Facilitator Training


  • Investigations into Economic Class in America and Facilitator’s Notes set


  • Bridging the Graduation Gap: An Overview (free download)
  • Facilitating Investigations into Economic Class in America for College Students

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