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Gault, Barbara; Reichlin, Lindsey; Román, Stephanie – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2014
This report examines how efforts to understand and improve college affordability can be informed by the experiences and circumstances of low-income adults, students of color, and students with dependent children. The report discusses how the time and financial demands associated with financial independence, parenthood, and work affect a student's…
Descriptors: Student Costs, Low Income Groups, Adult Students, Outcomes of Education
Hess, Cynthia; Krohn, Sylvia; Reichlin, Lindsey; Román, Stephanie; Gault, Barbara – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2014
Community colleges are a critical resource for women seeking to achieve economic security and stability, yet many women who are community college students face challenges that make it difficult to persist in their education and complete their degrees. To understand the circumstances and experiences of female community college students in…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Females, Student Surveys
Reichlin, Lindsey; Gault, Barbara – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2014
This paper discusses the challenges that community college students face as a result of holding a job while pursuing a postsecondary education. Working is often critical to community college students' ability to pursue a postsecondary education, but holding a job while in school can threaten a student's success in college. For students to succeed…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Females, Child Care
Costello, Cynthia B. – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2014
This report focuses on pathways to postsecondary education (PSE), including high school completion, for pregnant and parenting teens. Although birth rates among teens have declined in the United States over the last 20 years, one in seven adolescent females (14.4 percent) is expected to give birth before age 20 with females of color (24 percent of…
Descriptors: Early Parenthood, Adolescents, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education
Schumacher, Rachel – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2013
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…
Descriptors: College Students, Parents, Postsecondary Education, Inclusion
Firlein, Holly; Gault, Barbara; Nelson, Bethany – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2013
This Research-in-Brief is one in a series of publications highlighting the Institute for Women's Policy Research's (IWPR) most significant research contributions to policy issues affecting women across IWPR's twenty-five year history. Recognizing that education is the gateway to opportunity, the IWPR has been a significant source of research on…
Descriptors: Females, Educational Opportunities, Child Care, Job Training
Nelson, Bethany; Froehner, Megan; Gault, Barbara – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2013
This paper discusses the challenges college students with children face, as well as the steps colleges, universities, and the surrounding communities must take to help students succeed in their work as both students and parents. The role of parenthood in postsecondary settings needs greater focus from the higher education reform community. Unless…
Descriptors: College Students, Parents, Child Rearing, Barriers
Hess, Cynthia; Gault, Barbara; Yi, Youngmin – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2013
This report summarizes findings and recommendations from a convening, "Accelerating Change for Women Faculty of Color in STEM: Policy, Action, and Collaboration," that was designed to address the underrepresentation of women of color in STEM academic careers. The convening provided an opportunity for individuals who work in various…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Womens Education, Educational Change, Minority Group Teachers
Hartmann, Heidi; Hayes, Jeff – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2013
The purpose of this study is to identify the role that higher education plays in employment, earnings, and occupations held by women and men beyond the traditional retirement age of 65 years. The major value of the study lies in its ability to inform policymakers about the working lives of older Americans and about any needed policy changes. Women…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Outcomes of Education, Education Work Relationship, Higher Education
Huelsman, Mark; Engle, Jennifer – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2013
Student parents face many challenges to accessing, persisting, and completing postsecondary education. While some of these challenges are unique to student parents--such as finding quality child care during class and work hours and juggling studying and academic assignments with parenting duties--others are typical of low-income and underserved…
Descriptors: College Students, Parents, Student Financial Aid, Paying for College
Costello, Cynthia B. – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2012
Drawing on a literature and program review, analysis of publicly available data, and consultations with experts in the field, this report examines opportunities for women and student parents to pursue and succeed in STEM fields at community colleges. Findings include the following: (1) Women with associate's degrees earn only 77 percent of what…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Females, Community Colleges, Low Income Groups
Moughari, Layla; Gunn-Wright, Rhiana; Gault, Barbara – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2012
Postsecondary education yields myriad benefits, including increased earnings potential, higher lifetime wages, and access to quality jobs. But postsecondary degrees are not all equal in the benefits they bring to students, and women tend to obtain degrees in fields with lower earnings. Women with associate degrees earn approximately 75 percent of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Gender Bias, Females
Miller, Kevin – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2012
Parents with dependent children were nearly one quarter of students enrolled for credit at American postsecondary institutions in 2008. These students face significant challenges to remaining enrolled and graduating, including limited access to affordable child care, difficulty balancing the demands of school with the demands of work and family,…
Descriptors: One Parent Family, College Students, Nontraditional Students, Student Financial Aid
Gunn-Wright, Rhiana – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2012
Pregnancy and parenting can pose special challenges to students enrolled in secondary and postsecondary education, including issues related to child care, financial aid, transportation, and academic and career planning. In some circumstances, the responsibilities related to pregnancy and parenting can undermine students' ability to pursue and…
Descriptors: College Students, Pregnancy, Financial Support, Federal Programs
Thorman, Abby; Otto, Jessica; Gunn-Wright, Rhiana – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2012
Parents with dependent children now make up almost one in four students pursuing higher education in the United States (Miller, Gault, and Thorman 2011). Single parents face particular challenges pursuing higher education, including securing safe and affordable housing. Single mothers often must spend over half of their income on housing expenses,…
Descriptors: One Parent Family, Early Parenthood, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges
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