Presentation Title

Analyzing Resources Available to Student Parents Within the CSU System

Faculty Mentor

Brianne A. Dávila, Ph.D; Giselle Navarro-Cruz, Ph.D

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 48

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Analyzing Resources Available to Student Parents Within the CSU System

Arielle Marino, Cynthia Villalobos, Olivia Bosek, Talia Guiragossian,

Brianne A. Dávila, Ph.D; Giselle Navarro-Cruz, Ph.D

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Abstract:

Currently, our team is conducting a study that explores the educational experiences of college students who are parents. This is an important topic to study because this growing population has a significantly different experience than the traditional college student. Not only do they plan to achieve a degree, they are simultaneously supporting a child’s development. Throughout this research, we examine institutional policies and practices that facilitate academic success for student-parents in hopes of understanding their obstacles. According to previous research, many parenting students choose to pursue a college education because they desire the long term benefits including more job options, financial security, and the ability to be a better resource for their children in the future (Estes, 2011). Despite the growing college population of parenting students, many face multiple issues which affect their ability to progress in higher education due to a lack of resources. Some main concerns include: child care access on campus, financial aid options, as well as problems with transportation and scheduling classes that will not conflict with family responsibilities (Brown & Nichols, 2012). In order to gain a better sense of the level of support provided to student-parents, specifically across the Cal State University (CSU) system, we analyzed the twenty-three Cal State universities’ websites. We conducted a content analysis, which included visiting each university’s website and searching for resources useful to student-parents. The findings were then analyzed to compare similarities and differences found across the universities. Preliminary findings indicate, on average, limited support for student-parents. The most common forms of generating student-parent success in Cal State Universities include programs such as a childcare center, CalWorks, and lactation rooms. It is important to acknowledge the obstacles student-parents face. This research study aims to identify, create, and improve programs that will ensure student-parent success across the CSU system.

References:

Brown, Virginia and Tracy R. Nichols. 2012. "Pregnant and Parenting Students on Campus Policy and Program Implications for a Growing Population." Educational Policy 27(3):499-530

Estes, Danielle K. 2011. "Managing the Student-Parent Dilemma: Mothers and Fathers in Higher Education." Symbolic Interaction 34(2):198-219

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Analyzing Resources Available to Student Parents Within the CSU System

CREVELING 48

Analyzing Resources Available to Student Parents Within the CSU System

Arielle Marino, Cynthia Villalobos, Olivia Bosek, Talia Guiragossian,

Brianne A. Dávila, Ph.D; Giselle Navarro-Cruz, Ph.D

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Abstract:

Currently, our team is conducting a study that explores the educational experiences of college students who are parents. This is an important topic to study because this growing population has a significantly different experience than the traditional college student. Not only do they plan to achieve a degree, they are simultaneously supporting a child’s development. Throughout this research, we examine institutional policies and practices that facilitate academic success for student-parents in hopes of understanding their obstacles. According to previous research, many parenting students choose to pursue a college education because they desire the long term benefits including more job options, financial security, and the ability to be a better resource for their children in the future (Estes, 2011). Despite the growing college population of parenting students, many face multiple issues which affect their ability to progress in higher education due to a lack of resources. Some main concerns include: child care access on campus, financial aid options, as well as problems with transportation and scheduling classes that will not conflict with family responsibilities (Brown & Nichols, 2012). In order to gain a better sense of the level of support provided to student-parents, specifically across the Cal State University (CSU) system, we analyzed the twenty-three Cal State universities’ websites. We conducted a content analysis, which included visiting each university’s website and searching for resources useful to student-parents. The findings were then analyzed to compare similarities and differences found across the universities. Preliminary findings indicate, on average, limited support for student-parents. The most common forms of generating student-parent success in Cal State Universities include programs such as a childcare center, CalWorks, and lactation rooms. It is important to acknowledge the obstacles student-parents face. This research study aims to identify, create, and improve programs that will ensure student-parent success across the CSU system.

References:

Brown, Virginia and Tracy R. Nichols. 2012. "Pregnant and Parenting Students on Campus Policy and Program Implications for a Growing Population." Educational Policy 27(3):499-530

Estes, Danielle K. 2011. "Managing the Student-Parent Dilemma: Mothers and Fathers in Higher Education." Symbolic Interaction 34(2):198-219