Effort will help community colleges craft policies around effective data collection and assessment methods to better understand student basic needs insecurity

Efforts are underway to address basic needs insecurity among students


Effort will help community colleges craft policies around effective data collection and assessment methods to better understand student basic needs insecurity

A joint effort between higher education groups aims to address basic needs insecurity for low-income students–many of whom are struggling with pandemic-related worries like housing and health care.

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice launched a new collaboration with education and workforce nonprofit JFF that will accelerate the delivery of emergency aid and other supports for community college students affected by the pandemic. The two organizations will work with JFF’s Student Success Center Network and 52 of its member community colleges in five states to scale best practices in addressing student basic needs insecurity.

“Even as the country emerges into a state of recovery, hundreds of thousands of students from low-income backgrounds are still in a state of deep financial uncertainty and insecurity that threatens to disrupt their college aspirations for good. We can’t allow that to happen,” said Sara Goldrick-Rab, president and founder of the Hope Center. “This is about creating a community of practice focused on student basic need security at a pivotal moment for students from low-income backgrounds.”

Laura Ascione