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Understanding undergraduate student-parents at the U

Balancing school, family, jobs and other responsibilities is tough for student-parents. Recognizing how complex their experiences are, the university is actively striving to better comprehend the unique challenges they face. This proactive effort aims to identify areas for improvement and explore ways to enhance our student-parents experience at the U.

To achieve this goal, Student Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Studies invites undergraduate student-parents to take part in our upcoming focus group discussions. Through the U’s membership in the University Innovation Alliance, the Listening Lab for Higher Education Transformation collaborates with students to effectively advocate for improved resources, policies, and procedures that significantly influence and support undergraduate student-parents. Your stories and experiences are at the center of this research study—whether it’s the exciting ideas that drive you, the moments that challenge you, or the identities you hold close to you.

These confidential focus groups conducted both virtually and in person, will require just 60 minutes of your time. Participants attending in-person sessions will be provided with complimentary dinner, along with childcare services available for children aged 11 and under. Both in-person and virtual participants will receive a $35 Amazon gift card.

Your participation in these focus groups is more than a contribution; it’s an integral part of the ongoing transformation of the undergraduate student-parent higher education experience. Through sharing your experiences, you play an active role in advancing the university’s understanding of the support needed and the unique experiences faced by our undergraduate student-parents. Your contributions will benefit both current and future undergraduate student-parents by shaping the path for those to come.

Focus group dates:

Saturday, Nov. 18 | 2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
UKids-Presidents Circle

Thursday, Nov. 30 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
UKids-Presidents Circle

Friday, Dec. 1 | 12-1 p.m.

Click here to register for an upcoming focus group.