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ERIC Number: ED556710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
Prepping Colleges for Parents: Strategies for Supporting Student Parent Success in Postsecondary Education. Working Paper
Schumacher, Rachel
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Almost one in four (3.9 million) students who are enrolled in postsecondary education programs in the United States are also raising a dependent child (Miller, Gault, and Thorman, 2011). These parents are preparing themselves to compete in an American economy in which high skill levels are required to earn a wage sufficient to support a family (Rakesh, 2012). It is important that college campuses are prepared to recognize and support student parents on their path to educational success. Many postsecondary leaders are looking for promising strategies that match the needs and resources of their institutions and students. This brief is a product of the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI) at the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) which provides a framework for thinking about the range of supports student parents typically need and example programs. The brief draws from information and lessons learned that have been collected by IWPR from initiatives supporting student parents at two- and four-year colleges and universities across the country. SPSI resources may be used to inform the decisions of leaders on campuses, in communities, and among policymakers to promote better success rates and stronger families for student parents in postsecondary education. The following are appended: (1) Analysis of Student Parent Program Survey; and (2) Information on the Examples Included in the Toolkit.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)