Educational Access

Access to higher education remains a crucial opportunity for improving women’s lives, for increasing economic stability in individuals and families, and for improving Michigan’s troubled economy. CEW research focuses on the barriers to educational access for women and those living in poverty.

Success for Nontraditional Students at Elite Institutions by Gloria Thomas, CEW Director and Carol Hollenshead, CEW Director Emerita. On Campus with Women v. 40, no 3, 2012.  The authors describe efforts through CEW and on other campuses to support nontraditional students, including women, at elite colleges.

Staying in School After Welfare Reform: How Beyond Welfare, Inc. Supports Student Mothers in Higher Education by Leslie Rebecca Bloom, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Program in Women's Studies, Iowa State University, Visiting Scholar, CEW, Fall 2004. 
This paper examines how one specific program, Beyond Welfare, supports participants in higher education who are welfare recipients by considering the experiences of a selection of student mothers who are participants of Beyond Welfare.

Struggling to Stay in School: Obstacles to Post-Secondary Education under the Welfare-to-Work Regime in Michigan by Valerie Polakow and Peggy Kahn 2000. Documents the experience of low-income single mothers in Michigan pursuing postsecondary education while receiving public assistance.

Access and Barriers to Post-Secondary Education Under Michigan’s Welfare to Work Policies – Policy Background and Recipients’ Experiences 2002. A report examining educational opportunities and barriers to access for Michigan's welfare recipients was released through CEW by CFITE, the Coalition for Independence Through Education. An organization of Michigan educators, researchers, advocates, student parents, college administrators and others who advocate for welfare recipients' access to college, the Coalition supports opportunities for low-income parents to complete college.