Monday, July 9, 2012

Women Employed Publishes Recommendations to Increase Graduation Rates for Single Mothers

New brief highlights strategies community colleges can implement to improve student success.

CHICAGO – Low-income single mothers pursuing higher education overwhelmingly attend community colleges over traditional universities, but many community colleges often struggle to address the unique challenges these women face.

A new policy brief from Women Employed outlines effective interventions that community colleges can undertake to help student parents complete their academic programs and meet their goals.

Low-Income Single Mothers at Community College: Recommendations for Practices to Improve Completion provides a road map for enacting campus practices that help single mothers finish school, such as integrating career-related learning into basic skills courses, providing services at times and places that are accessible to students with children, offering housing assistance for single parents, and more.   In addition to recommendations, the brief contains case studies of successful programs nationwide that are helping low-income single mothers succeed in school.

“Women Employed works to help low-wage working women gain the education they need to advance to good jobs with family-supporting wages,” says Meegan Dugan Bassett, Senior Policy Associate at Women Employed. “Providing recommendations and best practices to community colleges will help equip them with the knowledge they need to better serve student parents.”

To access this and other Women Employed briefs, visit our online Resource Center at

About the Clear Connections Project
Launched in 2007, Women Employed’s Clear Connections Project (CCP) focuses on increasing access to and quality of student supports to enable more low-income working students to complete college certificates and degrees. CCP works with community colleges, foundations, and policymakers to spotlight promising practices and promote policy reforms.

About Women Employed
Women Employed is a 39-year-old non-profit organization that promotes fair workplace practices, helps increase access to training and education, and provides women with innovative tools and information to move into careers paying family-supporting wages. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.