The Hope Center

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
The launch comes as the #RealCollege Movement turns 5! December 4, 2020 PHILADELPHIA - The Hope Center for College, Community
#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
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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
At least one in five of today’s college students is parenting a child while enrolled in classes. Parenting students and...
Community organizations and colleges are searching for effective strategies to ensure that every student has a safe and secure place

Reports

Entering fall 2020, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) was grappling with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic...
One in five community college students experience homelessness. The College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP), operated by the Tacoma Housing Authority...
Fall 2020 was an extraordinary time for colleges and universities in Hawai‘i as the state continued to deal with the...
Fall 2020 was an extraordinary time for colleges in San Diego as the city continued to deal with the effects...
Fall 2020 was an unprecedented time for colleges and universities in Colorado as the state continued to deal with the...
Entering fall 2020, colleges in Virginia grappled with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Individual campuses contended with how
Philadelphia-area colleges and universities were reeling from the coronavirus pandemic as they entered fall 2020. Mirroring national trends, enrollment was
Entering fall 2020, colleges and universities in Texas grappled with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Individual campuses contended
For decades, the shortcomings of financial aid have frustrated students and colleges alike. Flaws in the design and delivery of
Entering the fall 2020 term, higher education was reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Enrollment was down—particularly among students most at
The pandemic is laying bare one of the most difficult challenges facing higher education: many of today’s undergraduates are pursuing
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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