Equity in Design for HSS: Increasing Success for Student Mothers at Community Colleges

A SERIES OF FOUR BRIEFS EXAMINING THE SUPPORT NEEDS OF DIFFERENT COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT POPULATIONS: EQUITY IN DESIGN FOR HOLISTIC STUDENT SUPPORTS

 

A growing number of community and technical colleges have made significant commitments to designing and sustaining supportive learning environments that help all students, including student mothers, realize their potential while also integrating the necessary academic, career, and personal supports that make it possible for an increasingly vulnerable student population—many of whom face food and housing insecurity, along with financial and family challenges—to realize their goals. 

ATD is deeply committed to supporting institutions in developing a holistic student supports approach that embraces the interconnectedness of academic and personal supports to ensure that students receive the supports they need to succeed in college. While there is no one-size fits-all approach to providing these supports, community colleges which have been successful at transforming their institutions to meet the needs of the students they serve have focused on a few common strategies. They have sought to understand the specific needs of their students. They are clear about the problems that they are trying to solve within their unique contexts. And they intentionally design solutions that address those problems head on, rather than implementing incremental, piecemeal solutions and initiatives.

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