What is Propeller Collective?

Propeller Collective is a free online resource hub + community for first generation and limited-income college students. We help students build non-academic skills, mindsets, and habits that propel them to college graduation and beyond.

 
 

Our Approach

Propeller Collective hones in on the psychology of first generation and limited-income college students. Many of these students face unique challenges that may cause them to question their role as a college student. They may think or say things like:

  • “I don’t feel like I belong here.”
  • “Am I cut out for this?”
  • “My family thinks I think I’m too good for them.”
  • “I’m too nervous to talk with my professor in office hours.”
  • “I don’t know how to relate to my peers, they live a completely different life than me.”
  • “I can’t concentrate - I have so much going on at home.”
  • “I’m uncomfortable participating in classroom discussions.”

Research suggests thoughts and feelings like these can negatively affect academic performance and quality of college life. Based on the relevant literature and interviews with students, we believe these challenges are not only greater for first generation and limited-income college students, but are one of the reasons why these students have lower graduation rates than their peers.

We believe psychological well-being and social-emotional skill development are just as important as academic preparedness and financial aid in increasing the number of first generation and limited-income college graduates.

 
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What We Do

Our goal is to increase college graduation rates among first generation and limited-income college students. We help students thrive on and off campus, uniting them across the U.S. through our resources + community.

 

RESOURCES
Our online resources (articles, videos, and live online events) span topics on motivation, personal growth, life on campus, and life back home. They’re free, open, and provide just-in-time support; students have access to the info they need, when they need it.

COMMUNITY
Students who regularly follow our resources may decide to join the Propeller Collective Community, a place where they can share their daily progress, ask college-related questions, support and connect with other community members, and share news and info specific to first generation and limited-income college students.

Together, our resources + community help students generate momentum toward college graduation.

 
 
 

How We're Different

We’re not your traditional college success effort.

 
Psychological well-being and social-emotional skill development are
at the core of our work.

Less likely to be addressed by current college success initiatives, these issues can be difficult for students to tackle on their own.

We're based online.
We meet students where they are. Being online also gives us access to real-time feedback, which we use to adapt our programs to meet students' needs.

We focus on persistence, not access.
We help students through college, rather than to college, and provide support from high school graduation to college graduation.

We believe that all students, not just high performers,
should have access to support.

We work with students from all geographical areas, and
don't limit our services based on institution type.

Our students are from urban, suburban, and rural areas, and attend public or private institutions, regardless of selectivity.

We combine insight with research.
Our resources are developed by first generation and limited-income grads
and we consistently incorporate recommendations from current students.

Our resources are free, open, and provide just-in-time support.
Students have access to the info they need, right when they need it.
 
 
 

Why "Propeller Collective"?

The name “Propeller Collective” describes how we want our community members to feel: like they’re moving forward and never alone as they work toward their bachelor’s degree, even though it doesn’t always seem that way.

 
 
 

Get Involved

 

Become a Contributor

We regularly produce articles, videos, and live online events and we’re always looking for new contributors: students, subject matter experts, writers, editors, and speakers.

Sponsor Our Work

If you or your organization are passionate about increasing college graduation rates among first generation and limited-income college students, we'd love to connect with you to discuss opportunities to sponsor our work.

 
 

Team

 

STAFF

Kori Crockett
Cofounder + CEO
Harvard GSE
University of Michigan

Steve Chang
Cofounder + CSO
University of Michigan

 
 

INTERN - SUMMER 2017

Anitta Machanickal
Davidson College '19

STUDENT ADVISORS

Brook Walsh
University of Kentucky '16

 
 

ADVISORS

Geraldine K. Piorkowski, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist