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New report on parental support at Oregon universities, by UO Soc alum Dr. Autumn Greene

Congratulations to Dr. Autumn Greene, Research Scientist at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, on the release of her team’s latest report on the availability of support for student parents at Oregon colleges and universities! From Dr. Greene:

This report provides a comprehensive landscape scan of how Oregon’s public colleges and universities, Department of Human Services, and policy makers are currently influencing equitable college access and success for student parents. In this report, we examine the prevalence of a number of family friendly campus characteristics at all of Oregon’s public colleges and universities, as well as how Oregon and federal policy makers could help to improve higher education access and opportunity for Oregon student parents. UO is featured in multiple categories for its support for student parents.

We managed to launch our research team with up community college and university student parents from across Hawaii, and we recently began to onboard new team members from California and the Pacific Northwest to help us continue to document and analyze the same data for the entire Pacific Western Region (OR, CA, HI, AK, MT, NV, UT, WA & the U.S. Pacific Islands).

We started this project through a partnership through which Hawaii’s Bridge to Hope Program (Hawaii’s TANF program for student parents) hired their students to conduct this research as part of their campus employment. We also were able to set up similar arrangements with Sacramento State, UCSC, and PSU, but we’re still exploring all of the creative options and strategies to keep this project moving forward, while expanding our research team to include representation of student parents across the region.

We’re proud to say that as of the beginning of September, we have collected data on more than 75% of the accredited colleges and universities in the entire region!

If you are interested in checking out where we’ve gone with the project so far, our project website is: www.wcwonline.org/findyourway

The full report is available on the Wellesley Centers for Women website. Way to go, Dr. Greene!