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ERIC Number: ED556713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Student Parents Face Significant Challenges to Postsecondary Success. Fact Sheet #C376
Miller, Kevin
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Barriers to success in postsecondary programs for student parents can be identified in data from the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey, administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Indicators show that basic literacy skills of student parents lag behind those of students without children. Upon arriving at postsecondary institutions, student parents are more likely than non-parents to have SAT Verbal scores of less than 400 (or equivalent ACT scores) and to have taken fewer than four years of high school English classes. Once enrolled, student parents are also more likely to take remedial classes than are students without children. These comparisons are true for both single and married student parents, but are even more dramatic for single parents. Thirty-four percent scored less than 400 on the SAT Verbal section (or equivalent on the ACT), more than twice the proportion of students without children. Although student parents face many challenges, student parents can and do succeed in completing postsecondary credentials at all levels. Access to academic counseling, financial aid, public assistance, and child care can help student parents obtain postsecondary credentials that place their families on a path to economic self-sufficiency.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)