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National Student Parent Month Declared September 2022 | Policy Matters

September 27, 2022

Major Updates


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation denotes that the programs that are part of the bill be measured by six primary indicators of performance. Current regulations define only five of the six indicators. Previously, the Department of Labor and Department of Education decided to implement the sixth indicator of performance—effectiveness in serving employers—in a pilot to test proposed measurements. The pilot has now concluded, and the Departments are seeking comment on the final performance indicator. The deadline to submit comments is November 14, 2022. 


We joined with 45 other organizations to thank the bipartisan team of senators for their commitment to student parents and to celebrate the passage of S.Res.777, National Student Parent Month, to designate September 2022 as the second annual “National Student Parent Month.” We are proud to help recognize the achievements of student parents across the country this month. 


The four student ambassadors selected – Kaylee Brard, Barbara Gooch, Juan R. Pantoja-Patiño, and Aalyhia Shillow – will each receive a one-year fellowship to expand their advocacy and leadership skills while deepening their knowledge of federal postsecondary education policy. Through the fellowship program, TSC Student Ambassadors will help elevate the stories and lived experiences of today’s students directly to policymakers while gaining firsthand experience in shaping federal policy. The program will feature policy and advocacy training, mentorship and professional development opportunities, and direct engagement with key decision-makers and policymakers in Washington. 


UPCEA is a steering committee member of the Today’s Students Coalition.


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Mark Bernhard, North Carolina State University, Co-Chair
Frank Principe, University of Maryland Global Campus, Co-Chair
Kristen Brown, University of Louisville
Ricky LaFosse, University of Michigan
Reed Scull, University of Wyoming
Dick Senese, Capella University


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