IWPR Launches Center on Equity in Higher Education

Press Release

March 5, 2019

Contact: Jennifer Clark | 202-785-5100 | clark@iwpr.org


The Center will house IWPR’s research on higher education, student parents, and access to reproductive health services on campus

Washington, DC—Today, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) launched its new Center on Equity in Higher Education that will house IWPR’s research and technical assistance on college access and success for low-income and under-represented populations.

The Center will include IWPR’s Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI), which produces research and resources on college students with children, and a new project supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on expanding reproductive health access to improve community college student outcomes. The new Center’s projects will include a study exploring opportunities to improve access to affordable child care for low-income parents in college through better integration of the early and higher education systems, supported by the Kresge and Annie E. Casey foundations, and a 51-state analysis of the costs and benefits of single mothers’ attainment of higher degrees, supported by the ECMC Foundation.

“The new Center builds on IWPR’s longstanding research on economic and social opportunity and reinforces IWPR’s commitment to ensuring gender and racial/ethnic equity in the future of higher education,” noted Lorretta Johnson, IWPR Board Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers.

“The establishment of IWPR’s Center on Equity in Higher Education comes at a time of increasing awareness of the adult college student population and the role that institutions, policymakers, and human service systems play in opening access to affordable college for all,” said IWPR Executive Vice President Barbara Gault.

“A primary aim of the new Center will be to engage partners across sectors and to elevate the voices of college students, and especially college students with children, as a part of our research and technical assistance efforts. We want our work to inform and drive new models of ensuring college success, and ultimately economic security, for diverse groups of students,” said IWPR Study Director Lindsey Reichlin Cruse.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. IWPR also works in affiliation with the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University.