ATD Colleges Selected to Participate in National College Success for Single Mothers Project

Single mothers make up an increasing part of the postsecondary student population in the United States. Their educational success has the potential to reap intergenerational benefits, forging a path for economic mobility and success for their families. Achieving the Dream’s work with adult women students began in February 2019, with the launch of Community College Women Succeed, an initiative to identify and promote effective strategies that increase success for adult women students in community college. That work continues with a newly announced national project.

ATD, along with the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Endicott College, is a partner to National College Transition Network’s College Success for Single Mothers, a project funded by ECMC Foundation. Eight community colleges will be participating in the national three-year project to identify the needs of single mother students on campus and to develop a plan to expand key practices and services to enhance their college and career success. The colleges were selected through a competitive application process and demonstrated alignment between the goals of the project and the broader mission of the college as well as an institutional capacity to create and sustain positive change. They represent a variety of geographic locations, student demographics, and enrollment sizes. Seven of the eight colleges selected are part of the Achieving the Dream Network.

Selected colleges

  • Broward College, FL (ATD Leader College)
  • Columbus State Community College, OH (ATD Leader College of Distinction)
  • Delaware County Community College, PA (ATD Leader College)
  • Frederick Community College, MD
  • Kingsborough Community College, NY (ATD Leader College of Distinction)
  • Lee College, TX (ATD Leader College of Distinction)
  • Western Technical College, WI (ATD Leader College)
  • University of Hawai’i, Windward Community College, HI (ATD Leader College)

The colleges will convene a cross-functional task force of decision makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to identify the needs of single mother students on campus and develop a plan to expand key practices and services to enhance their college success. NCTN and partners will develop case studies documenting the colleges’ action plans, outcomes, and lessons learned through the project to share with policymakers, funders and investors, and other colleges interested in better addressing the needs of single mother students and parents on campus.

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