Funded Programs of the Basic Needs Initiative
Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC)—Basic Needs for Community College Completion
ACC is scaling its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach model across Arkansas’ 22 community colleges. The goal is to enroll more students in SNAP and other public benefits across the system and to determine the impact of campus food pantry services, with each campus then continuing these support efforts.
Auburn University Foundation—Campus Food Insecurity Initiative
Auburn University is piloting and scaling an approach using direct student supports to address food insecurity at 10 partner four-year universities in Alabama. Auburn and the 10 campuses also will work to expand Alabama Campus Coalition’s food insecurity activities to additional schools in the state.
Ithaka S+R—Basic Needs for Community College Completion
Ithaka Harbors is researching, designing and reporting on measures for student success. In addition to institutions’ more traditional success metrics, these measures will include students’ basic needs and definitions of success. The goal is to raise awareness of holistic student needs, develop new success metrics and produce recommendations regarding these insights.
John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY)—California Student Homelessness Project
JBAY is providing technical assistance in using state funding to help students experiencing homelessness transition into stable housing. The work targets the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges systems. JBAY aims to reduce the number of California college students who experience homelessness, enhancing academic success among the most vulnerable and underserved populations.
Michigan Community College Association (MCCA)—Financial Stability for Student Success
MCCA is launching its Michigan Building Economic Stability Today initiative. The program addresses the lack of strategies focused on non-academic barriers to student success across 26 MCCA campuses. MCAA hopes to leverage partnerships to assist students in meeting basic needs.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)—Linking Basic Needs Initiatives
UTSA is building a statewide network of Hispanic-serving institutions to advance evidence-based basic needs initiatives. The goal is to guide each institution to develop its own basic needs and student success assessments.
United Way of King County (UWKC)—Bridge to Finish
Seattle-based UWKC is expanding the Bridge to Finish program, which helps students persist to obtain college credentials by connecting them to basic needs supports and financial education. The organization hopes to provide support for students and to work toward policy changes that will advance equity in college success.