Projects

Our projects are partnerships with colleges and universities, community organizations, and policymakers. They all seek to address challenges of life, logistics, and finances for #RealCollege students.

#RealCollege Survey

The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students. Since 2015, we have offered reports for all participating institutions and systems, and issued a national report. To date, more than 400 colleges and universities have participated, and more than 330,000 students have responded to share their realities.

Dallas College Text Campaign Launched

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice and its partners have launched a federally-funded texting messaging study designed to assess whether students achieve greater academic success when provided with information about emergency aid, food and housing support during the pandemic.


Projects from The Hope Center

Widespread confusion over college prices makes it hard for students to earn college degrees.  To help colleges better reveal and
#RealCollege students are the new majority – they come from economically challenged working and middle-class families, face substantial living expenses,
Basic needs insecurity is keeping students across the Philadelphia region from obtaining college degrees. #RealCollegePHL aims to address basic needs
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Transportation is a significant barrier facing #RealCollege students. This project will build a rigorous body of evidence on the efficacy
November 16, 2020 Today, researchers at The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice released a new report summarizing the
Can government subsidized housing vouchers and property-based subsidies improve the college completion prospects for community college students? This rigorous evaluation
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Emergency aid is a responsive and flexible tool being implemented at institutions of higher education throughout the nation. This spring,
  A nearly $4 million Department of Education (ED) grant is enabling the Hope Center to collaborate with the Association of
This formative evaluation of the “Dallas Promise Network” evaluates institutional changesatDallas College intended to support all students. In particular, the
Ten years ago, a mid-sized community college located in the Texas Panhandle sought to help its students struggling with poverty
Can “Food Scholarships” – allocations of groceries to undergraduates- reduce food insecurity, improve financial wellbeing, and boost academic achievement? This
The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice and its partners have launched a federally-funded texting messaging study designed to
Can a campus meal program reduce food insecurity, promote well-being, and improve academic outcomes? Building on the success and lessons
Can a campus meal share program reduce food insecurity and improve academic outcomes? This evaluation of a nonprofit program established
Community organizations and colleges are searching for effective strategies to ensure that every student has a safe and secure place
An estimated half of all college students struggle with basic needs insecurity, but many colleges and universities do not have

Reports

In the fall of 2019, nearly 550 instructional staff members from four community colleges and one university responded to a
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#RealCollege During the Pandemic: Initial Institutional Responses To Address Basic Needs Insecurity The novel coronavirus pandemic is testing institutions of
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, the longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security
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The COVID19 pandemic struck American higher education in March 2020. Campuses closed, students lost jobs, and emergency resources fell far
CUNY provides tens of thousands of New Yorkers with the lifelong benefits of a college degree. For too many students,
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At least one in five of today’s college students is parenting a child while enrolled in classes. If these parenting...
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Securing the basic needs of Philadelphia undergraduates is crucial to the city’s efforts to boost college attainment, promote economic well-being,
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Student-athletes compete in school and on the field. They are often full-time students and full-time athletes, making it challenging...
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This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at seven tribal colleges and
AACRAO partnered with The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University on the March 2020 survey. The
Meal voucher initiatives seek to provide students facing food insecurity with access to free meals from their college cafeteria. Some
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2018and 2019 at 28 of the
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at 28 out of the
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among
5 years after it began, the #RealCollege survey has now reached more than 330,000 students at more than 400 colleges
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among

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