College Success for Single Mothers is a three-year project (2020-2022) led by NCTN, in partnership with PERG Learning and Achieving the Dream with funding from ECMC Foundation. The goal of the project was to increase colleges’ capacity to collect data to identify parenting students, with particular attention to single mothers students, and use that data to address their needs through the implementation of targeted action plans.

Read Transforming Data into Action: Fostering College Success for Single Mothers and Parenting Students to learn about the accomplishments, findings, and impacts of College Success for Single Mothers and the participating colleges.

The following eight colleges participated in College Success for Single Mothers:  

  • Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH
  • Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
  • Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD
  • Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lee College, Baytown, TX
  • Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI
  • University of Hawai’i, Windward Community College, Kaneohe, HI

Each college convened a cross-functional task force of decision makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to identify the needs of single mothers and all parenting students on campus and develop and implement data-informed action plans to address their needs and improve their experiences and outcomes.  


Related publications:

Data-driven Action to Support Parenting Students blog summarizing project impacts (NCTN, September 2024)

Early Lessons blog about data collection (NCTN, May 2021)

No Matter What Obstacle is Thrown My Way documents examples of 17 community colleges offering targeted support for student parents (NCTN, July 2019)

Family Friendly Campus Toolkit: Using Data to Improve Outcomes (PERG Learning)


Project Director: Sandy Goodman, Director of Career Pathways, National College Transition Network

Funder: ECMC Foundation