Single moms are among the fastest growing populations on college campuses, but the group’s graduation rates don’t reflect this positive trend.
There are about 2.1 million single moms in college, according to a recent report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Single moms now comprise more than 11 percent of college students, up from 7.8 percent in 1999.
However, only 28 percent of single moms who entered college between 2003 and 2009 completed their degree or certificate program within six years. Compare this to 40 percent of married mothers or 57 percent of women in college without children.
These high numbers can be daunting, especially for schools that engage in a holistic review of applicants.
The Washington Post recently took a closer look at the review process at the University of Maryland, offering parents and students a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the admission world and giving admission professionals a chance to share what it takes to make these tough decisions.
It is always rewarding to see your work play out in the lives of the students you serve. But every once in a while, it can be fun to see the field of college admission make headlines thanks to celebrities who are going through the process.
These celebs headed off to college or announced their college plans this year:
A lack of access to college counselors was cited as a major factor in a new report on New York City’s low college success rate.
Only 22 percent of students who enter community college associate degree programs at the City University of New York (CUNY) earn a degree in three years and just 55 percent of students enrolled in four-year CUNY programs finish after six years, according to the research.
They say the apple doesn’t fall from the tree. This is especially true when it comes to job choice.
According to General Social Survey data collected between 1994 and 2016, working sons are about 2.7 times as likely as the rest of the population to have the same job as their working fathers and about two times as likely to have the same job as their working mothers.
One state has figured out an innovative way to boost interest in computer science courses.
High school enrollments in computer science are up 50 percent since 2014 in Georgia, primarily due to an amended admission requirement by the University System of Georgia.
In 2015, the Georgia Board of Regents altered its admission requirements making them more computer science-friendly. Previously, students needed to have completed two years of the same foreign language to apply for admission to the university system. The requirement still exists, but computer science now counts as a foreign language.