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

Traci Lewis, keeping parenting students’ dream of a degree alive

As the Director of ACCESS, an academic and social support program that assists parenting students in overcoming barriers that can keep them from graduating from OSU, Lewis helps students with academic support, assistance with child care and housing and mentoring programs.

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Podcast: Parenting students: The ‘invisible’ population on campus

More than one in five American college students are also parents. They struggle to find belonging, flexibility and resources in higher education. But they are not giving up.

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ACCESS and Thompson Library partner up to add family-friendly study area

Hitting the books can be fun for the whole family at the new Family Zone located on the first floor of Thompson Library. The welcoming space for families gives parents a designated area to study and access library resources with their children.

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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