How can colleges help teen moms (and teen dads)?


There has been a lot of talk about college graduation and success rates this year, as President Obama aims to dramatically increase the total number of graduates by 2020, says Jenna Johnson, columnist for the Washington Post. Achieving that goal will likely require targeting the types of students who struggle to graduate in less than six years. One such group: Young parents. I wrote an article for Thursday’s paper about Generation Hope, a new mentoring and scholarship program that is helping young parents through the financial and emotional challenges of college. For many of these students, raising a child while working and going to school requires an elaborate juggling act: To get to class, there must be steady child care. To be prepared for class, there must be quiet study time. To pay for class, there must be a steady income. So what can colleges do to help these students?

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