NCTN announces community college partners for College Success for Single Mothers

Read our May 2021 blog: Early Lessons focused on data collection.

The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education has selected these eight community colleges to participate in the College Success for Single Mothers Project. 

  • 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, Honolulu, HI

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. 

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. 

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.

College Success for Single Mothers is a three-year project (2020-2022) funded by ECMC Foundation. To achieve the project goals, NCTN is partnering with PERG Learning, developers of the Family Friendly Campus Toolkit: Using Data to Improve Outcomes, and Achieving the Dream, a national leader in community college reform. These two organizations complement NCTN’s expertise designing effective college and career pathways for adult learners

College Success for Single Mothers builds on NCTN’s 2019 report, No Matter What Obstacle is Thrown My Way, which documents examples of 17 community colleges that offer targeted programming for student parents. The report recommends that significant work remains to increase institutional capacity to collect data to identify single mothers on campus; provide professional development to faculty and staff on the needs of single mothers; develop diverse and flexible funding sources; and advocate for policies within and outside of the institutions that support single mothers.


Note: The Family Friendly Campus Toolkit was revised and updated on April 1st.

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

Funder: ECMC Foundation

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