ACCESS Collaborative

ACCESS Collaborative

Breaking the cycle of poverty in parenting-student families one degree at a time.

An academic and social support program to assist students who are pursuing a college education at The Ohio State University.

ACCESS Collaborative News

ACCESS Scholar of two gets bachelor's degree for Mother's Day

The Ohio State University's commencement ceremony fell on Mother's Day and the mother of two, De’onna Zigmund, said her degree is the best gift she could ask for.

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ACCESS Grad Assistant Jillian Deas honored

Jillian Deas has been awarded the 2021 Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award from the Office of Student Life. Jillian serves as a graduate assistant for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s ACCESS Collaborative and is a master’s student in Educational Policy.

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APPLY: Graduate Associate Performance Award for Parenting Students

The Graduate Associate Performance Award (GAPA) is Ohio State’s recognition of the exceptional performance of graduate students while providing caregiving for children and others.

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The ACCESS Collaborative Program is an academic and social support program for students who are pursuing a college education at The Ohio State University. While the program strives to increase the retention rates of parenting students, special attention is given to the unique circumstances of students from diverse social groups. By minimizing the barriers that may prevent their full participation, the ACCESS Collaborative Program works to create a campus climate that is inclusive for all.

Who We Are

The ACCESS Collaborative Program, which was established in 1989, was initially created to enable single parent students with custody of their children to earn an undergraduate degree and find employment suitable to their academic preparation. Currently, the program coordinates university and community support services to support parenting students of various household compositions and personal demographics toward degree completion.

Who We Serve

The ACCESS Collaborative Program welcomes both male and female undergraduate parenting students who are either full-time or part-time students at Ohio State.

  • Full-time or part-time Ohio State students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 with full, physical custody of their children

Services Offered
  • Programming on parenting and life skills; child development; and financial planning
  • Priority registration
  • Scholarship opportunities, mentoring, professional development, evening child care, housing assistance
  • Parenting skills: building self-esteem and promoting autonomy in children, improving family harmony, guiding children to maturity.
  • Life skills: stress management, relationship building, communication skill development