Education Design Lab, a nonprofit that designs and tests unique college models that seek to help underserved students, announced Thursday that four community colleges would over the next six years test new strategies to help improve graduation rates for single mothers.
Central New Mexico Community College, Delgado Community College in Louisiana, Monroe Community College in New York and Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana were selected to partner with Education Design Lab and create student interventions that will raise college degree attainment rates for single mothers by 30 percent at their institutions by 2024. Each college will receive a one-time $50,000 award to support the launch of its pilot programs after the design is completed.
“The majority of today’s undergraduate students are parents or caregivers, adult learners, part-time students and full-time workers. And single mothers, in particular, are not well served by the current system,” Education Design Lab chief program officer Marta Urquilla said in a news release. “The institutions we have selected for this design challenge are working hard to change that. Each has already demonstrated a unique commitment to improving outcomes for single mothers. Together, they have transformative potential to create and scale new models to reach more women and families across the country.”