Provide support, resources, campus and community connections for all MSU student parents through graduation and beyond; helping non-traditional students achieve their goals, create two-generation success, and establish long-term connections with the University.
- Student parents on college campuses comprise 26% percent of the national total university student population (2014, IWPR).
- Lack of affordable, quality child care is the number one barrier for student parents to complete their degree.
- Students with children experience higher debt obtaining their degree than students without children.
- Undergraduate and graduate student parents experience high levels of burn out, longer time to graduation, and higher instances of low economic status.
- Supporting college student parents has a long-term positive impact on the socio-economic and emotional well-being of the student AND their family.
- Two-Generations, One Future…focusing on the well-being of student parents and their children = HIGH Return on Investment- Children living in a household with parents with a college degree are 10 x more likely to attain their college degree as well.
- Educational success can and should pass from one generation to the next.
SPRC Goals (Current Priorities):
- Expand programming for student parents and children in improving their physical and emotional well-being leading to educational success.
- Promote opportunities for domestic and international student parents to participate in leadership roles within their academic units and in SPOM.
- Increase campus and community collaborations seeking resourceful solutions.
- Increase options for child care support.
- Advocacy at local, state, and federal level for student parents and families.
How can YOU support MSU student parents?
- Refer student parents for support and information on available resources.
- Participate in and/or sponsor a “coffee break” session to learn more about student parents at MSU.
- Advocate for student parent support where needed.
- Consider partnering with SPRC on outreach, research, leadership and educational opportunities.