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 Collaborative featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

As Number of Student Parents Rises, So Does Need for Family Friendly Housing on Campus

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COVID-19 made unequal access to food worse, study suggests

When COVID-19 hit, affluent Columbus residents responded by taking significantly fewer trips to large grocery and big-box stores, apparently ordering more online and stocking up when they did go out to shop.With fewer options available to them, low-income people had to double down on what they had always done: regular trips to the local dollar stores and small groceries to get their family’s food.

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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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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