Overview

Mission:

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.

Trends:

  • 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.

Impact:

  • 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.