The advantages associated with higher education are well documented, however students who are parents face many obstacles to success at this level. Juggling caring responsibilities alongside study requirements places high demands on the time and energy of student parents, many of whom have additional employment commitments. Financial constraints create an additional barrier to success, with groups at particular risk of disadvantage including young parents, single parents, and parents from low socio-economic backgrounds. Given these challenges, the traditional nature of higher education study may not adequately accommodate the specific circumstances of student parents. Improved processes and support mechanisms could encourage more parents through higher education as a pathway to building knowledge, improving employment prospects, and gaining independence.
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Publisher||National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education|
|Commissioning body||Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment|
|Number of pages||40|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Feb 2022|