Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Student-Mothers in Community College: A Populous and Overlooked Demographic in Critical Need for Support and Understanding
by Smith, Sarah, Ed.D., Northern Kentucky University, 2019, 104; 13807295
Abstract (Summary)

This action research study examined the lived experiences of student mothers at Gateway Community & Technical College. By increasing understanding, specific interventions for policy and practice emerge to increase retention and completion rates for this substantial population. Results suggest that student mothers have increased stress from issues surrounding time and competing obligations such as motherhood and work. Work, health, family, and finances come first for student-mothers, so Gateway should consider how policies and practice surrounding course delivery, attendance, due dates, Title IX, instructor care and approachability, child care, and programmatic support services work from the standpoint of a student-mother. Results also show that children of student mothers are significant motivators and are a retention and completion strength if the student mother has adequate support. The results showed some areas of strength along with many areas in need of remediation. The recommendations include specific areas of potential improvement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Huss, John
Commitee: Decker, Amber, Votruba, James
School: Northern Kentucky University
Department: Education Leadership
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: DAI-A 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Womens studies
Keywords: Community college, Mothers, Non-traditional, Parents, Student-mothers, Student-parents
Publication Number: 13807295
ISBN: 978-1-392-21706-1
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