Securing a Better Future: A Portrait of Female
Students in Mississippi’s Community Colleges

To better understand the needs and circumstances of female community college students the Women's Foundation of Mississippi commissioned the Institute for Women's Policy Research to conduct an online survey of female students at Mississippi's community colleges. The survey received 544 complete responses from 13 of the state's 15 community colleges. This research and key recommendations are included in the report "Securing a Better Future: A Portrait of Female Students in Mississippi's Community Colleges." The infographics below highlight the key themes, data, and recommendations from the report.

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REASONS TO PURSUE COLLEGE: ECONOMIC SECURITY, FAMILY SUPPORT, AND PERSONAL FULFILLMENT

Top Six Reasons Students Give for Pursuing Higher Education by Parent Status

PELL GRANTS MOST COMMON FORM OF AID

Percent of Respondents Receiving Financial Aid by Type of Aid

SNAP, EITC, AND WIC MOST COMMON PUBLIC SUPPORTS; WELFARE (TANF) RARE

Receipt of Income Support Among Respondents

NURSING AND OTHER HEALTH SCIENCES ARE MOST COMMON MAJORS

Ten Most Common Majors Among Respondents

MORE FINANCIAL AID AND FLEXIBILITY WOULD HELP STUDENTS PERSIST IN SCHOOL

Supports that Would Have Helped Students Stay in School

NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF RESPONDENTS HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN

Parent Status Among Respondents by Race

RELATIVE CARE THREE TIMES AS LIKELY AS ANY OTHER FORM OF CHILD CARE; CAMPUS CARE UNCOMMON

Student Parents’ Sources of Child Care

NEARLY HALF OF LOW-INCOME AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS LACK HEALTH INSURANCE

Percent of Respondents with Any Health Insurance Coverage

OFF-CAMPUS CLINIC MOST COMMON SOURCE OF CONTRACEPTION; HALF OF WOMEN SURVEYED DO NOT USE BIRTH CONTROL

Sources of Birth Control/Contraception Among Respondents Younger Than 40

EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE, HARASSMENT, AND HISTORY OF SEXUAL ABUSE FAR TOO COMMON

Percent of Respondents Who Have Experienced Abuse or Harassment

STUDENTS WANT MORE HEALTH CARE SUPPORTS, WOMEN’S CENTERS, AND TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE

Ten Most Needed Support Services in Mississippi’s Community Colleges

RECOMMENDATIONS

RACIAL/ETHNIC DISTRIBUTION OF THE SAMPLE OF WOMEN AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN MISSISSIPPI

Racial/Ethnic Distribution of Respondents

AGE DIVERSITY IN MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGES: GENERATIONS LEARNING TOGETHER

Age Distribution of Respondents



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